Rasheeda Speaking
by Joel Drake Johnson

About This Project

Tanya Moodie (Trouble in Mind) and Elizabeth Berrington (Absent Friends) star in the UK Premiere of Joel Drake Johnson’s tense workplace drama Rasheeda Speaking, also featuring Bo Poraj (Miranda) and Sheila Reid (Benidorm).


In one of Chicago’s wealthiest hospitals, a white doctor tries to remove a black receptionist by enlisting her colleague as a spy. The women’s friendship quickly deteriorates and a chilling power struggle ensues. With the office becoming a battleground of passive aggression and paranoia, things spin wildly out of control.


Joel Drake Johnson’s incendiary new play examines underlying racism in the workplace, white guilt and the manipulation of women by men in power. Rasheeda Speaking is a shocking dark comedy that keeps you in its claustrophobic grip until the final moment, proving that nothing in Middle America is ever truly black or white.


Supported by the Stage One Bursary Scheme for New Producers.


Nominated for five Off West End Awards, including Best Production.


Reviews for Rasheeda Speaking at Trafalgar Studios 2:

★★★★ ‘Neat, witty… as explicit a postcard from Trump’s Divided America as you could imagine.’ Chris Bennion, The Times

★★★★ ‘Laugh-out-loud comedy packed with a punch… highly recommended… fiercely intelligent.’ Alun Hood, WhatsOnStage

★★★★ ‘Brilliantly observed… this cleverly layered play certainly makes you think.’ Will Stone, Morning Star

★★★★ ‘A brave piece of writing that holds nothing back… entertaining, enthralling and definitely awakening.’ Alistair Wilkinson, BroadwayWorld



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Elizabeth Berrington, Tanya Moodie, Bo Poraj, Sheila Reid


18 April - 12 May 2018