White Guy on the Bus

White Guy on the Bus

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"Do you want that money to get your son to a nice safe neighbourhood, or are you going to make some noble, moral stand which means absolutely nothing?"

Overview

Ray and Roz are a white, liberal couple living in the safe, staid suburbs of Philadelphia. He is a financial consultant who makes "rich people richer". She is a passionate teacher who commutes every day to educate the mainly black students of an inner-city school. On the face of it, life runs smoothly. But Ray seems to hanker after change. He leaves his Mercedes in the drive, and takes to riding the public bus through the African-American neighbourhoods of the city – the only white guy on the bus. Ray becomes a regular on the same route as Shatique – a young, black single mother who is studying to become a nurse, and determined to make a different life for her 9-year-old son. They strike up a relationship. But what does Ray really want from Shatique?

Bruce Graham’s excoriating and shocking play blows open the racial fault-lines of Trump’s America. With an all too familiar resonance here in the UK, it questions us all - what deals are we willing to make, and with which devils?

Critic reviews

A provocative but far-fetched US drama about an elaborate revenge plot

Time Out

A play that provokes thought while keeping you entertained

Guardian

Absorbing American thriller exploring issues of race and power

The Stage

Too much white spirit, not enough care

WhatsOnStage

Such intensity makes for an uncomfortable ride

Evening Standard

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 27 Mar - Sat 21 Apr, 7.30pm & 3pm

Venue

118 Finborough Road SW10 9ED London, UK · Get Directions
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