Originally featured as part of Black Lives Black Words at the Bush Theatre, My White Best Friend (and Other Letters Left Unsaid) is – for the first time – moving online in collaboration with the Royal Court Theatre.

Following Rachel De-Lahay’s original production, the festival uses the provocative act of letter writing to engage with racial tensions, microaggressions and emotional labour. For this new, online version of the festival, De-Lahay and director, Milli Bhatia, have commissioned ten black writers. These include Amma Asante, Elliot Barnes-Worrel, Ryan Calais Cameron, Clint Dyer, Afua Hirsch, Yasmin Joseph, Tife Kusoro, Lettie Precious, Campbell X and Rachael Young.

The details of which performers will be reading their letters each evening will be announced at noon on the day of the performance. Confirmed performers include Adelayo Adedayo, Ines De Clercq, Anne-Marie Duff, Paapa Essiedu, Martina Laird, Alex Lawther, Neil Maskell, Sinead Matthews, Rosamund Pike and Danielle Vitalis.

At 12 noon on the day of the performance, The Royal Court will share the names of the writers and performers and release an extra allocation of tickets for the evening. Half of the tickets for every performance will be available for free through the Black Ticket Project founded by Tobi Kyeremateng.


My White Best Friend (and Other Letters Left Unsaid) runs from Monday 13th to Friday 17th July with tickets ranging from £5-£12. Find out more here.