by Gabriel Bisset-Smith
Short Play, Drama
Whitewash premiered at Soho Theatre in a co-production between Francesca Moody Productions and Soho Theatre.
It’s hard parenting a child that everyone thinks you’ve kidnapped. Spanning thirty years, from Jamaica to London, Whitewash is the story of Mary and Lysander, a mixed-race woman and her very white son.
When Lysander tries to redevelop the housing estate Mary brought him up on he believes he’s helping, but is he really just trying to erase his past?
Inspired by Gabriel’s own experience, this hilarious and devastating new play is an exploration of the intersection between race and class, identity and belonging. Who are you when you don’t look like your own family and no longer recognise the changing city around you?
Reviews"Bisset-Smith’s play is a joy, slickly written but not without heart, fusing smart social commentary with consistently strong humour" - The Stage
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