Racism in the countryside: What's the state of play?
Six characters. Six stories. Six voices.

In 2016 Pentabus joined forces with Eclipse, the leading black-led touring company to produce White Open Spaces, a series of podcasts about race and racism in the countryside. Originally produced as a reaction to Trevor Phillip’s provocation that there was a ‘passive apartheid’ in the countryside, ten years on this podcast series retells three of the original stories and offers three new perspectives on the state of society in 2016. Post-Brexit and Pre-Trump what was our national identity? What did it mean to belong to a place if that place might not want you to belong to it?

Written by six world-class writers, as part of Eclipse’s Revolution Mix initiative and performed by a star cast. Sharp, funny and provocative, these six voices tell us the state of the nation in the mid-2010s They were originally released every day for a week from 28 November 2016.

Completely See Through: Francesca Beard

Black Peter Pan: Leah Chillery

You Say: Lorna French

Joy's Prayer: Ian Marchant

A Question of Courage: Courttia Newland

Jerusalem: Testament


White Open Spaces: 2016 was directed by Elizabeth Freestone and Dawn Walton