Overview of the production
“Parks has written precisely the play for this anguished moment” – Alexis Soloski
Thirty-somethings Leo, Misha, Ralph and Dawn have been inseparable since college.
Making their way together in the big city, they are liberal, open-minded and socially aware. Misha is producing the hit online show ‘Ask A Black’; Ralph is waiting for tenure at his university, and as a lawyer, Dawn spends her days fighting for social justice. Leo would be a talented visual artist – if only he could sleep. As best friends and lovers, confident in their woke-ness, their connection with each other is stronger than anything else – until, that is, Leo is assaulted by the police in a racially motivated incident. Shaken to the core, he brings to the group an extreme proposition.
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Topdog/Underdog and Father Comes Home from the Wars, White Noise takes an unflinching look at race in the 21st century from both a black and white perspective. After an acclaimed world premiere at the Public Theater in New York, it has its European premiere at The Bridge, directed by Polly Findlay.
The Jewish Chronicle ★★★★★
"Its ambitious scope of ideas ensures that the play is funny, challenging, audacious and profoundly unsettling"The Daily Telegraph ★★★★
“It’s a blazing, bruising, urgent piece of theatre”Financial Times ★★★★
“An intentionally provocative play that coats its ugly premise with wit and words.”The Stage ★★★★
“Brilliant, savage, surrealist satire from the great Suzan-Lori Parks”Time Out ★★★★
“That sense of it being absolutely of the moment, makes its coruscating plea for people to find new ways of creating freedom and equality even more necessary.”What's On Stage ★★★★
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Premium tickets £75
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Monday – Saturday: 7.30pm
Wednesdays & Saturdays: 2.30pm
Approximately 2hrs 45mins including an interval
Captioned: Saturday 6 November 2.30pm
Audio Described: Wednesday 10 November 2.30pm
We’ve curated an initial list of resources we have found helpful in our conversations around race. We hope you’ll find them helpful too.
From the programme
Bim Adewunmi speaks to Suzan-Lori Parks, writer of White Noise
The origins of White Noise came from Suzan-Lori Parks herself. Her 2014 play, Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 and 3), set in the 1860s during the American Civil War , is about an enslaved Black man, Hero, caught up in the mess of a very…More →
The famous Martinican psychiatrist and philosopher Frantz Fanon once argued that “The Negro is not. Any more than the white man.” In making such a counter-intuitive declaration, Fanon was one of the first to publicly recognise that the racial…More →
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Training Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
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Radio includes The Tempest (BBC Radio 3).
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Her novel Getting Mother’s Body is published by Random House.
Awards Suzan-Lori Parks is a MacArthur Fellow and was the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
In her spare time, she writes songs and fronts her band Sula & The Noise.
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Awards include Olivier for Best Entertainment (with Derren Brown, 2014), the JMK Young Director’s Award (2007) and the 2006/7 Bulldog Princeps Bursary Award at the National Theatre Studio.
Theatre includes A Number at The Bridge; The Son at the Kiln (also West End); The Nico Project at Manchester International Festival and Melbourne Festival; Rutherford and Son, Absolute Hell, As You Like It, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Treasure Island, Edward II, Port and A Woman Killed With Kindness at the National Theatre; Cyprus Avenue (also Dublin, Belfast and New York), Fireworks, Adler & Gibb, Gastronauts, The Witness, Our Private Life, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Ladybird and Jumpy (also West End) at the Royal Court; Far Away, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Blindness (also New York, Toronto, Washington, DC, Mexico City, Amsterdam and UK tour) at the Donmar; Yerma (also New York and Berlin), The Life of Galileo, Macbeth and A Season in the Congo at the Young Vic; Tipping the Velvet, Contains Violence and Absolute Beginners at the Lyric Hammersmith; The Skriker at the Royal Exchange; Carmen Disruption at the Almeida; All My Sons at Regent’s Park; A Sorrow Beyond Dreams at Burgtheater, Vienna; Longing, The Trial of Ubu and Tiger Country at the Hampstead; The Rings of Saturn at Schauspiel, Cologne; Happy Days at the Crucible; Far Away at Bristol Old Vic; I’ll Be the Devil, Days of Significance and The American Pilot for the RSC; and The Architects, Money, Tropicana, Amato Saltone, Ether Frolics, Dance Bear Dance, The Ballad of Bobby Francois and The Tennis Show for Shunt, which she co-founded in 1998.
Opera includes The Mask of Orpheus, Orphée, Orpheus in the Underworld and Orpheus and Euridice for ENO; Seven Deadly Sins/Mahagonny Songspiel at the Royal Opera House; Nixon in China for Staatsoper Hanover; Jenufa for Nationale Opera & Ballet; La Traviata for Theater Basel/ENO; Pelléas et Mélisande for Teatr Wielki, Poland/ Festival d’Aix en Provence; Le Vin Herbé for Staatsoper Berlin; and Bliss for Staatsoper Hamburg.
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Film includes Good Grief, Fourteen Fractures, Myrtle, Fellow Creatures, Swept Under Rug and (as Costume Trainee) My Name is Leon.
Theatre includes Sylvia at the Old Vic; Nine Night at Trafalgar Studios; Into the Hoods Remixed for ZooNation; and A Monster Calls on UK and US tour.
Dance The Pied Piper at Theatre Royal Stratford East; Blaze in Germany and Dubai tour; Into the Woods in London and on UK tour; The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at the Roundhouse; and Some Like it Hip Hop at the Peacock and UK tour.
Commercial work includes Street Dance 3D: The Movie, Adidas and the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics and Baku 2015 European Games.
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Donato Wharton teaches Sound for Theatre and Performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
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Marc Tritschler is a pianist, music director, music supervisor and composer of music for the theatre. In 2020, he was appointed Creative Director of Music at the National Theatre.
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He was previously Deputy Music Director at Friedrichstadt-Palast, Berlin.
Training Rose Bruford College.
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Current productions include My Neighbour Totoro for the RSC; The Car Man at the Royal Albert Hall; The Southbury Child, John Gabriel Borkman, Straight Line Crazy and Guys and Dolls at The Bridge Theatre; Sleeping Beauty for Matthew Bourne’s UK tour; Peaky Blinders for Rambert’s UK Tour and Tammy Faye Musical at The Almeida.
In the last twenty years Lily Mollgaard has worked on over 270 shows in the West End, on Broadway and beyond. She spent 10 years running the props department at Shakespeare’s Globe and 15 years as Prop Supervisor for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures which included The Car Man, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Red Shoes.
THEATRE includes A Number, Beat The Devil, Talking Heads, Bach and Sons, The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage, Julius Caesar, Night Fall and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Bridge; Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre; Jesus Christ Superstar for UK tour and Broadway; Sunset Boulevard and Bombay Dreams at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and on Broadway; Joseph and Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre; The Producers, Oliver! and Shrek at Theatre Royal Drury Lane; Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre; Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre; Sister Act at the London Palladium; Hairspray at the Shaftsbury Theatre; School of Rock at the Gillian Lynne Theatre; The Wild Duck at the Almeida; Company at the Gielgud Theatre; The Pinter Season (One, Two, Five and Six) at the Harold Pinter Theatre for the Jamie Lloyd Company; Red Shoes, Nutcracker and Midnight Bell for Matthew Bourne; Evita at Regent’s Park; Blithe Spirit at Theatre Royal Bath; Cyrano de Bergerac for the Jamie Lloyd Company; Leopoldstadt for Sonia Friedman Productions; Prince of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre and 9 to 5 at the Savoy Theatre.
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Tony-nominated producer Mandy Hackett serves as Associate Artistic Director and Director of Public Theater Productions at the Public Theater, New York, where she has overseen development and Broadway transfers of several shows, including Fun Home, Sweat, Eclipsed, Latin History for Morons, Sea Wall/A Life and Girl from the North Country. During her tenure at The Public, Mandy has launched innovative new programming, including Public Lab, Public Studio, Emerging Writers Group and The Master Writer Chair.
Prior to joining the Public Theater, Mandy was the founder and producer of the Underwood Theater, as well as Resident Dramaturg/Literary Manager at New York Theatre Workshop, where she had the pleasure of working with many writers, including Tony Kushner, Doug Wright, David Rabe and James Lapine. Mandy sits on the boards of The Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History and Almasi Arts. She graduated cum laude from Columbia University and lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
Jesse Cameron Alick
Jesse Cameron Alick is a dramaturg, producer, poet, playwright, essayist, artistic researcher and science fiction expert. He co-founded the Subjective Theater Company and was formerly Company Dramaturg at the Public Theater, New York. He is currently Associate Artistic Director of the Vineyard Theater, New York, as well as an active freelance dramaturg and a regular artistic consultant for the Sundance Institute. He has taught theatre courses at various institutions, including NYU and Playwrights Horizons.
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