Jamal Gerald

My White Best Friend - North: Jamal Gerald
Jamal's letter will be performed at Left Bank on Tues 9 Nov. Book tickets.

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"I accepted the invitation because I came up with an idea that could potentially shake the table. I do love to cause trouble, and this opportunity has given me another chance to do it. I believe the concept of My White Best Friend: (And Other Letters Left Unsaid) intends to be provocative, and that’s something I love to be."

Jamal Gerald is an artist based in Leeds. His work is conversational, unapologetic and provocative with a social message. He makes work that he wants to see, intending to take up space as a Black queer person.

He has made work for poetry slams, films, parties, cafes and theatres. In 2018, he was awarded Arts Council England’s Artists’ International Development Fund to do research in Trinidad and Tobago. He was commissioned by Transform and Theatre in the Mill to make Idol, which premiered at Transform 19. 

His writing has been published by Dog Horn Publishing, Oberon and Live Art Development Agency. 

Jamal’s work has also been shown at Kampnagel (Hamburg), SPILL Festival of Performance, Leeds Playhouse, Battersea Arts Centre and the Barbican.

Jamal is a Recipient of a Jerwood Arts’ Live Work Fund Award in 2021.

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