Juliet tells John Byrne how she moved from journalism into full-time writing.
Juliet Gilkes Romero is a playwright and journalist. She has reported for the BBC from countries including Ethiopia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
She is currently commissioned at The Donmar Warehouse, Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre and the RSC’s Swan Theatre.
Her plays include; The Whip performed at the RSC’s Swan Theatre, 2020. Day of The Living performed at The Other Place as part of RSC’s Mischief Festival, 2018. Upper Cut at the Southwark Playhouse, 2015. At The Gates of Gaza, Birmingham Rep & tour winner of the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Best Play Award 2009, Bilad Al-Sudan performed at the Tricycle Theatre (now Kiln) as part of its 2006 season dealing with genocidal conflict in Darfur.
Television includes: Soon Gone; A Windrush Chronicle (co-produced by Sir Lenny Henry’s production company Douglas Road and the Young Vic Theatre.
She is the recipient of the Roland Rees Bursary 2019, named in honour of the co-founder of the Alfred Fagon Award.
Juliet’s agent is Jasmine Daines Pilgrem at the Lisa Richards Agency.
The BBC asks Juliet why this story is so important to tell.
The RSC have release The Whip production photos, view the gallery here.
“A window into a difficult, dirty moment in British history”
“A powerful commentary on how we are governed”
“Rich, complex, troubling”
“Juliet Gilkes Romero has written a smart and rich play, with a breadth and complexity that leaves the audience thinking deeply about legacy”
“Go see this refreshing history lesson”
“The approach is remarkably even-handed and refreshingly rigorous”
“An edifying new play by Juliet Gilkes Romero”
“A corrective to Sceptred Isle versions of British history”
Day of the Living
“Day of the Living threatens to blow minds and break hearts with its gob-smacking blend of Mexican folklore, Day of the Dead imagery, song and dance used to tell the unbearably tragic story of the night 43 students from Ayotzinapa Teachers’ College disappeared in Iguala, Mexico, in 2014”
Stratford Upon Avon Herald
“Its flurry of colour, spirit and celebratory verve at first belies, but gradually reveals, the obscenities of the cartel-related crimes it describes”
“Electrifyingly inventive… radiating anger, defiance and, ultimately, hope. Fiercely effective”
Find out what audiences think about Day of the Living and #WeAreArrested, a double-bill of new plays as part of the Mischief Festival. Playing at The Other Place until 23 June 2018.
“The dialogue is snappy, lucid and forceful throughout…. stirring political theatre”
Plays to See
“Juliet Gilkes Romero’s smart new play about the black Labour movement, is an urgent and necessary work… worth seeing for the shock value alone”
“The real strength of ‘Upper Cut’ is how, in its own subtle way, it suggests that becoming a politician can and should be something anyone can aspire to.”
Shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Audience Award 2015
At The the Gates of Gaza
“If the play’s underlying message is one of patriotism betrayed by racism, the overriding impression is more of warmth than wrath”
“This remarkable new play delivers with unerring accuracy a short sharp kick in the guts”
Winner Best Play Writers Guild Award, 2009