WHITE NOISE (Working Title)
This is what it looks like when justice starts at home.
Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives.
Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling.
Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble
Episodes cover racism, whiteness, allyship, law and policing, colonial history, humour, creativity, class and the idea of being "one of the good ones".
Available here and on all major podcasting platforms.
White Noise (working title) began life as a solo play a play about whiteness and racism, exploring my own ugliest white supremacist secrets and how to be a good mother to my potential future biracial children. This early sharing was directed by Poonam Brah, dramaturgy by Tanaka Mhishi and developed with the support of Shoreditch Town Hall.
Since lockdown Tanaka and I have instead poured our energies into collaborating on Loving Colour. We have also begun work on an expanded vision for White Noise. The new play explores how harmful the White establishment's one-sided myth is, confronts what it takes to remove the blinkers of those who espouse the single story and grapples with how to tell the past in a way that might make the future better for us all.
Feedback and images from work in progress showing at Shoreditch Town Hall, September 2019:
“profound, surprising, challenging and thoughtful - from the heart. Obviously honest, bare and unafraid portrayal” | “impactful and hugely transformative” | “powerful, thought-provoking display of deep enquiry” | “a very interesting and challenging piece” | “an important conversation” | “beautiful work” | “impressive” | “a tough topic bravely addressed”
“I want my white mum and partner to see this” | “I’d like to see more” | “[I'm] encouraged to have difficult conversations”