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The White Card

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The UK and European premiere of Claudia Rankine’s first published play, The White Card poses the question: can society progress when whiteness remains invisible? Written in 2019 during an increasingly racially divided America and before the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests rippled across the globe, a wealthy, privileged white couple invite a talented Black artist to dinner. Tensions run high and a heated debate uncovers some uncomfortable truths that can’t be ignored about white privilege, cultural appropriation and representation.

Be an ally, be in the room, be in the conversation. The White Card invites us to all to play our part in the debate.

Written By

Claudia Rankine

Directed By

Natalie Ibu

Presented By

A Birmingham Rep, Leeds Playhouse, Northern Stage & Soho Theatre co-production in association with HOME Manchester

Running time

1 hour 30 minutes

Age guidance

Recommended  age 14+

Content guidance

Click here for additional information about potentially challenging or sensitive content in the show.

Access Performances

Captioned Performance: Wed 15 Jun, 7.45pm

Relaxed Performance: Thu 16 Jun, 2.45pm

Audio Described Performance: Fri 17 Jun, 7.30pm

BSL Integrated Performance: Sat 18 Jun, 2.45pm


Post-show Conversation

Please note that there will be a post-show conversation after the performance on Thu 16 Jun 7.45pm.

This will be an open forum for audience members to decompress and discuss ideas raised by the play, if they want to.

Group Discounts

Groups of 10+ will get 10% off the ticket price,

Groups of 20+ will get 15% off the ticket price.

Groups of 50+ will get 20% off the ticket price.

Group bookings must be made direct with box office to get the discount. To book, please call our box office team directly on 0121 236 4455. 

Family Discount

Get 15% off 2-7 tickets when an under 16 is in the group.

Bookings must be made direct with box office to get the discount. To book, please call our box office team directly on 0121 236 4455. 

Fees And Charges

Please note there is a transaction fee of £2.50 on all payment types. Please click here for more information.

Digital Programme

Download the digital programme here.


Tense and timely, The White Card points fingers, but also points the way to positive change” The Guardian ★★★★

The play finds its mark, both in Rankine’s writing and in Natalie Ibu’s tightly orchestrated, intelligent production, in telling details” The Times ★★★★

A strong cast makes Claudia Rankine’s exploration of the ‘invisibility of whiteness’ compelling” The Observer ★★★★


The Cast


Jam’Sy Masengo     Ashleigh Fulcott-Harris     Ella Kirk-Bower     Abigail Senior

The Creative Team

Meet The Characters

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