Things My White Friends Say – Signposting & Safeguarding
Things My White Friends Say, written by Joe McCann and directed by Raman Mundair, is an exploration of everyday racism conceived of in the light of George Floyd’s murder and the Black Lives Matter movement that has enthralled the world. Although many white people have engaged with this cause, so many more feel threatened as their white privilege has now been well and truly challenged. They don’t like it and will do all they can to resist change. Countless more deny that racism even exists.
Very much inspired by Gary McNair’s Locker Room Talk, Things My White Friends Say will see four actors of colour take to the stage to capture this important moment in our history. The actors will articulate their own experiences of racism, as well as other people of colour interviewed by the writer. The play will also present, confront, and challenge the views of a wide-ranging section of the white public from textile heiresses, to policemen, to journalists and more.
The play is a call to arms. A wee part of the revolution. An urgent story of black and brown racialized people that must be told, and that needs to be listened to. A piece of theatre that takes on the truly terrifying monster of racism, asking who should take responsibility and how do we begin to move forward.
Content warning: Contains strong language and descriptions of racism, racial slurs and violent sexual and racial abuse.
Recommended age suitability: 18yrs+
We acknowledge that the play’s content may be a trigger for people who have experienced racial discrimination, racial abuse and racially motivated violence. We have compiled a list of organisations providing support, advice and further information that might be helpful for anyone affected by issues raised in the play:
Breathing Space Scotland – a free, confidential phone service for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.
The Samaritans – offer a range of services, including a free confidential phoneline for anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope or at risk of suicide.
Citizens Advice Equality Advisory Support Service Discrimination Helpline – providing advice and information on discrimination and advice and information on human rights issues.
Muslim Youth Helpline – a faith and culturally sensitive helpline for young people.
West of Scotland Regional Equality Council – provide information and signposting to victims of discrimination.
The Black, African & Asian Therapy Network – work psychologically with people who identify as Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean and other People of Colour who are affected by oppression due to the colour of their skin and global white power.
Saheliya – specialist mental health and well-being support for black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls (12+).
SAMH – providing information and support on mental health. Telephone support available Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm.
For anyone looking for more information, resources or to support the Black Lives Matter movement the following links may be useful:
We have programmed an online post-show event on Saturday 12th June at 6pm for Things My White Friends Say ticket holders facilitated by Gillian Neish of Neish Training.
This event provides a space and opportunity for people who have been affected by the play to meet and discuss their thoughts and reflections in a safe facilitated session. Also present at the event will be writer Joe McCann and director Raman Mundair.
About Gillian Neish
Gillian Neish works throughout the UK with individuals and organisations in all sectors to help them recognise and fulfil their potential. The focus of her work is power, whether challenging the power inequalities of racism, sexism and the other ‘isms’ or developing personal power through personal development programmes. Central to all Gillian’s work is her commitment to anti-oppressive practice. She designs and facilitates courses which encourage people to think beyond stereotypes and accept the reality that there are as many differences in any one group as in any other group (even their own group, however they choose to define their group). More information about Gillian’s work can be found here.
The event is free of charge and will be delivered via Zoom. The event can be booked in conjunction with your theatre ticket via this link.
Things My White Friends Say is being delivered with support from the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund, administered by Creative Scotland.