Saturday, October 17, 2020


 ‘That’s Queen Victoria?’

‘Yes.’ The director squinted into a camera eyepiece.

‘But she’s black.’


‘Queen Victoria was white.’

‘To you maybe.’

‘It’s not a matter of opinion.’

‘And what about Cleopatra?’


‘Was she as white as an English rose? Was Jesus as pale as a Scot?’


‘Everyone living in Palestine and Egypt were baby pink?’

‘John …’

‘Shall we daub her with white makeup like a minstrel?’

‘We need to recast.’

‘It’s what she says and does that matters not her skin colour.’

‘That’s not …’

‘So, white folks can play black characters but not vice versa?’

A drabble is a story of exactly 100 words

1 comment:

Margot Kinberg said...

Now this addresses some interesting and important questions, Rob. What, exactly, matters most when it comes to casting for any role? This is quite effective.