Juliet Gilkes Romero


Juliet is a  writer for stage and screen based in London. Her distinguished career as a journalist saw her reporting for the BBC from countries including Cuba, Ethiopia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Her play The Whip will open at the Royal Shakespeare Company on the Swan stage as part of the RSC’s 2019/20 winter season.

She recently wrote an episode for the TV series Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle (BBC4) co-produced by Sir Lenny Henry’s production company Douglas Road and the Young Vic theatre.

She is currently under commission at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and Eclipse Theatre. Other recent work includes her play At the Gates of Gaza, which won the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Best Play Award, Razing Cane, which was shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award, Day of the Living which opened at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2018 and Upper Cut which opened at Southwark Playhouse in 2015. One Hot Summer, a radio play, aired on BBC Radio 4.

She is the recipient of the BBC Alexander Onassis Research Bursary.  She was recently the RSC/Birmingham University Creative Fellow and has an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths College, London University.

Featured work

The Whip

Royal Shakespeare Company
Directed by Kimberley Sykes
Photo by Steve Tanner © RSC
1 Feb - 21 March 2020 Swan Theatre

As the 19th Century Dawns in London, Politicians of all parties gather to abolish the slave trade once and for all. But the price of freedom turns out to be a multi-billion pound bailout for slave owners rather than those enslaved.

As morality and cunning compete amongst men thirsty for power, two women navigate their way to the true seat of political influence, challenging members of parliament who dare deny them their say.

Soon Gone : A Windrush Chronicle (Ep 4)

BBC Arts, Young Vic and Sir Lenny Henry's Douglas Road Productions
Written by Juliet Gilkes Romero
Directed by Christiana Ebohon-Green
Starring Vinette Robinson

The eight 15-minute monologues that make up Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle look at what happened next, tracing Eunice’s family for the next 70 years, over four generations. These are beautiful self-contained stories, but together they explore the experience of migration, each generation examining their identity in a country that has been less than welcoming“.
★★★★ Guardian

Day of The Living

Royal Shakespeare Company
Directed by Amy Draper
Composer/Lyricist: Darren Clark
Photo by Ellie Merridale

Electrifyingly inventive… radiating anger, defiance and, ultimately, hope. Fiercely effectiveThe Times

Its flurry of colour, spirit and celebratory verve at first belies, but gradually reveals, the obscenities of the cartel-related crimes it describes The Stage

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