Inua Ellams, Ash Sarkar, Nikesh Shukla and Lena Dunham amongst writers announced for Second My White Best Friend Festival

My White Best Friend The Bunker
My White Best Friend The Bunker

The full line-up of writers for The Bunker’s second edition of the My White Best Friend (and other letters left unsaid) festival is announced today.

The week-long festival of monologues was a sellout centerpiece to The Bunker’s Spring 2019 Season, and curators Milli Bhatia and Rachel De-Lahay return to The Bunker with twelve new monologues from twelve writers sharing what they’ve left unsaid to the people that matter most.

The new commissions come from some of the most exciting voices in the UK and overseas, from first-time theatre writers to household names. Journalist Ash Sarkar, author Nikesh Shukla (The Good Immigrant), spoken word poet Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan (a.k.a. The Brown Hijabi) and Lena Dunham (GIRLS) join playwrights Inua Ellams (Barber Shop Chronicles), Rabiah Hussain (SPUN), Mika Johnson (Pink Lemonade), Jasmine Lee-Jones (seven methods of killing kylie jenner), Shireen Mula (Lists for The End of The World), Joel Tan (Love In the Time of the Ancients) and Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

Completing the line-up and returning to The Bunker is Emma Dennis-Edwards who wrote and performed the award-nominated Funeral Flowers in The Bunker’s Spring 2019 season.

The commissioned letters engage with unspoken tensions, microaggressions and emotional labour, asking how you start difficult conversations with someone you love about how their beliefs, their unthinking actions or their politics undermine, hurt and erase you.

Rachel De-Lahay’s original play My White Best Friend, which was originally part of The Bush Theatre’s Black Lives Black Words, will be performed each night, and joined by two of the newly commissioned letters which will be given to performers to read – unseen – for the first time onstage.

Each night’s line-up will be shared on the day through The Bunker’s social media. Each performance will be followed by a DJ set from D L K (a.k.a. Duramaney Kamara) in The Bunker with audiences invited to stay and enjoy the space until late.

Rachel De-Lahay comments: “These are more of my favourite writers, who we’ve asked again to confront some of the most difficult conversations they’ve yet to have. I’m so excited to build on the debates the original festival started and interrogate fully and give space to that which we’re fearful to say.”

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