Brenda's Got A Baby

31 Oct - 2 Dec 2023


An uproarious new comedy about Black womanhood, sisterhood, motherhood – and babyhood.

New Diorama reunites with playwright Jessica Hagan (Queens of Sheba) and multi-award-winning company Nouveau Riche (For Black Boys…) for this radiant, rebellious world premiere.

After an unexpected break-up and beaten down by comparison to her married little sister, Ama embarks on a frenzied journey to become a mother.

Rollercoastering from a Black sperm donor shortage to a racialised healthcare system - and an overbearing family of her own - Ama's charging head-first into embarrassing conversations, awkward encounters and defiant decisions.

And time is running out...

Quotes & Reviews

Praise for Queens of Sheba by Jessica Hagan/Nouveau Riche

★★★★ 'A theatrical firecracker... Gloriously entertaining' The Independent

★★★★ 'Black women speak their truths... With insight, power [and] joy' The Guardian

Winner: Underbelly & New Diorama Untapped Award, Stage Edinburgh Award & OffWest End Awards, 2018-2020

The Company

Exhibition & events

Check out what else is going on around the run of Brenda's Got A Baby HERE.


Written by Jessica Hagan
Direction Anastasia Osei-Kuffour
Design TK Hay
Lighting Ben Jacobs
Sound Khalil Madovi
Video Adam Lenson
Dramaturgy Naomi Obeng
Assistant Designer Ania Levy
Stage Manager Stacey Nurse
Production Manager for NDT Sy Supersad
Producer for Nouveau Riche Sarah Verghese

Michelle Asante
Jordan Duvigneau
Jahmila Heath
Edward Kagutuzi
Anita-Joy Uwajeh

A Nouveau Riche and New Diorama co-production. Co-commissioned by New Diorama and Soho Theatre.

Supported by Arts Council England, Jerwood Arts, Cockayne Foundation, City of London Community Infrastructure Levy Neighbourhood Fund.

The commissioning of Brenda’s Got A Baby was enabled by a grant from the New Play Commission Scheme, a project set up by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, UK Theatre and the Independent Theatre Council, and funded by Arts Council England, the Theatre Development Trust and donations from actors, directors, playwrights and producers.

About Nouveau Riche

Nouveau Riche is a diverse, multi-award-winning creative movement led by artistic director Ryan Calais Cameron. The company's 2021 co-production with New Diorama For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy by Ryan Calais Cameron went on to transfer to the Royal Court Theatre and West End to widespread acclaim and two Olivier Award nominations. Previous shows include Typical (Edinburgh Fringe & Soho Theatre), Caste-ing (Edinburgh Fringe & UK Tour) and Queens of Sheba (Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre, Under the Radar Festival New York & touring).

Cast & Creatives



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