Short Play, Drama



Whitewash premiered at Soho Theatre in a co-production between Francesca Moody Productions and Soho Theatre.

It’s hard parenting a child that everyone thinks you’ve kidnapped. Spanning thirty years, from Jamaica to London, Whitewash is the story of Mary and Lysander, a mixed-race woman and her very white son.

When Lysander tries to redevelop the housing estate Mary brought him up on he believes he’s helping, but is he really just trying to erase his past?

Inspired by Gabriel’s own experience, this hilarious and devastating new play is an exploration of the intersection between race and class, identity and belonging. Who are you when you don’t look like your own family and no longer recognise the changing city around you?


"Bisset-Smith’s play is a joy, slickly written but not without heart, fusing smart social commentary with consistently strong humour..." - The Stage

"...a quick-witted drama about race, identity and belonging, playfully told through this mother-son dynamic." - The Guardian

"...a moving, political exploration of what it means to belong when your sense of identity, race and even family are unclear." - TimeOut

"Charming, heartfelt and sweetly ramshackle..." - The Times

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Gabriel Bisset-Smith

Gabriel Bisset-Smith is a BAFTA-nominated writer/actor/director/comedian.

He directed, co-created and co-wrote the BBC’s ground-breaking multi-platform murder mystery, The Last Hours of Laura K, which earned him a BAFTA nomination in digital creativity. The show was also no ...

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