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The White Card

  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes (no interval)
  • Age Guidance: 14+
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    Triggers & Advisories

    This play contains partial nudity (upper body), scenes of alcohol consumption and two short loud noises. It also contains themes exploring systemic racism and white privilege. If you have any questions, please get in touch with our Box Office team who are happy to help.

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

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 during an increasingly racially divided America and shortly 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 all to play our part in the debate.


Cast note
The role of Charlotte will be played by Estella Daniels in all evening performances and by Christine Gomes in all matinee performances.

Cast & Credits

Writer Claudia Rankine / Director Natalie Ibu / Set & Costume Designer Debbie Duru / Sound Designer Roma Yagnik / Lighting Design Rajiv Pattani / Movement Director Rachel Nanyonjo / Production Dramatherapist Wabriya King / Dialect Coach Elanor Manners / Fight Director Rachid Sabitri / Wardrobe Supervisor Naomi Daley / Assistant Director Wambui Hardcastle /

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    Estella Daniels
    as Charlotte
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    Christine Gomes
    as Charlotte
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    Kate Copeland
    as Virginia
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    Matthew Pidgeon
    as Charles
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    CJ Coleman
    as Alex
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    Nick Blakeley
    as Eric


“ 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 beautifully written play.”

- The Reviews Hub

“ A strong cast makes Claudia Rankine’s exploration of the ‘invisibility of whiteness’ compelling.”

- The Observer

Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Socially Distanced

A guaranteed socially distanced performance provides seating with additional space between bubbles to allow appropriate social distancing.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


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  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
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  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Socially Distanced - Socially Distanced
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