The BBC asks Juliet why this story is so important to tell.
Juliet Gilkes Romero is a playwright and journalist.
She has reported for the BBC from countries including Ethiopia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Her most recent work is for the TV series Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle (BBC4), co-produced with Sir Lenny Henry’s Douglas Road Productions.
Previously for the RSC she co-created Day of the Living, which played at The Other Place as part of the RSC’s Mischief Festival in 2018. She is the recipient of the Roland Rees Bursary 2019 named in honour of the co-founder of the Alfred Fagon Award and her play At The Gates of Gaza won the Writers’ Guild Best Play Award in 2009. Juliet has also written a political drama for a Limited TV Series, currently in development.
Juliet’s agent is Jasmine Daines Pilgrem at the Lisa Richards Agency.
The RSC have release The Whip production photos, view the gallery here.
Juliet Gilkes Romero reveals the shameful history that inspired her play The Whip opening at RSC on 1st February.
“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