Joanna McGibbon and Donald Sage Mackay C

Helen Maybanks

"It’s politically charged and exhilarating" 

★★★★

(The Stage) 

"Will live in the mind long after other plays have faded"

★★★★

(Broadway World UK)

"A searing piece of theatre as insightful as it is brutal

★★★★

(The Spy in the Stalls)

"The thriller is a rather outmoded these days but this one is something special and breathes new life into the form"

★★★★

(Reviews Gate)

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PPT in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre presents

WHITE GUY ON THE BUS

by Bruce Graham

Directed by Jelena Budimir

Finborough Theatre 27 March - 21 April 2018

Ray and Roz are a white, liberal, middle-aged couple living in the wealthy, safe suburbs of Philadelphia. He is a financial consultant who makes ’rich people richer’. She is a passionate teacher who commutes every day to educate the mainly black students of an inner-city school. On the face of it, life runs smoothly.

 

Yet Ray seems to hanker after change. He leaves his Mercedes in the drive, and takes to riding the public bus through the African-American neighbourhoods of the city – the only white guy on the bus.   Ray becomes a regular on the same route as Shatique – a young, black, single mother who is studying to become a nurse, and determined to make a different life for her 9-year-old son. They strike up a relationship. But what does Ray really want from Shatique?

 

Bruce Graham’s excoriating and shocking play blows open the racial fault-lines of Trump’s America. With an all too familiar resonance here in the UK, it questions us all - what deals are we willing to make, and with which devils?