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 by Sir Lenny Henry’s production company Douglas Road, the Young Vic theatre and BBC Arts.

Juliet’s next stage play THE WHIP will open at the Royal Shakespeare Company on the Swan stage as part of the RSC’s winter season.

She is also under commission at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and also at Eclipse Theatre. Juliet was recently the RSC-Birmingham University Creative Fellow. Juliet is also working on a musical with the composer, Tim Sutton.

Production Highlights

UPPER CUT opened at Southwark Playhouse in January 2015 and is also published by Oberon Books.

RAZING CANE was shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award.

ONE HOT SUMMER, a radio play, aired as an Afternoon Play on BBC Radio4 in 2012.

In 2009 Juliet won the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Best Play Award for AT THE GATES OF GAZA also published by Oberon Books.

Her play BILAD AL-SUDAN was performed at the Tricycle Theatre as part of a season about the genocidal conflict in Darfur (2006), published by Weinbergers.

Juliet was part of the Hampstead Theatre’s Writers’ Attachment Scheme and wrote SERGINE performed at an Evening for Haiti fundraising event there in 2010.  Juliet was also part of the Headlong Theatre Writer’s Group ‘Head Start’.

For television, Juliet is writing a pilot for a Limited TV Mini-Series.

She is currently teaching creative writing for the National Theatre’s New Views programme, an annual playwriting scheme for 14-19 year olds. Juliet wrote Diesel while on attachment at the NT studio.

She has an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths College, London University and is the recipient of the BBC’s Alexander Onassis Award.

Juliet Gilkes Romero - Day of the Living
Juliet at Frida Kahlo’s House, Coyoacán, Mexico
Frida Kahlo’s House, Coyoacán, Mexico

“I have a passion for telling stories. I started as a journalist, travelling around the world, encountering the most courageous, people living in extraordinary situations… refugees, displaced people, political warriors, poets, musicians, cultural ambassadors in the fight for their human rights and dignity

My subject matter is largely political and concerned with the handprint of history on the present moment.

My characters are heroic and flawed, mythic and real. They are vehicles for remembering, even when remembering can seem unwise.”