Juliet Gilkes Romero

Selected credits

  • The Whip Royal Shakespeare Company / Swan Theatre
  • The Gift / The Labrynth / 15 HeroinesJermyn Street Theatre/Digital Theatre
  • Soon Gone; A Windrush ChronicleDouglas Road / Young Vic (BBC TV)
  • Day of the LivingRSC Mischief Festival / The Other Place
  • UppercutSouthwark Playhouse
  • At The Gates of Gaza (WGGB Best Play Award 2009)Birmingham Repertory Theatre / Tour
  • Bilad Al-Sudan Tricycle Theatre (now Kiln)


Juliet  Gilkes Romero is an award winning writer for stage and screen.  She was  Writer in Residence at the National Theatre attached to the New Work Department for 2022/2023 and is currently under commission for both the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.  She is the recipient of the 2020 Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play for The Whip,  the Roland Rees Bursary 2019 (named in honour of the co-founder of the Alfred Fagon Award) and the BBC World Service Alexander Onassis Research Bursary.

Her plays include; The Gift a retelling of Medea filmed for Jermyn Street Theatre’s 15 Heroines of Greek Tragedy season 2020,  The Whip at the RSC’s Swan Theatre 2020,  Day of The Living as part of RSC’s Mischief Festival 2018, Upper Cut at the Southwark Playhouse 2015, At The Gates of Gaza, Birmingham Repertory Theatre & tour, winner of the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Best Play Award 2009 and Bilad Al-Sudan at the Tricycle Theatre (now Kiln) as part of its 2006 season dealing with genocidal conflict in Darfur.

Screen and audio includes;  Soon Gone; A Windrush Chronicle for BBC co-produced by Sir Lenny Henry’s production company Douglas Road and the Young Vic Theatre, and One Hot Summer broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Juliet’s earlier work as a BBC foreign affairs reporter and producer for BBC World Service Radio and BBC World TV saw her reporting from countries including Ethiopia, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Featured work

The Whip

RSC Swan Theatre
Director: Kimberley Sykes
Set & Lighting Design: Ciaran Bagnall
Costume Design: Nicky Shaw
Music Composition: Akintayo Akinbode
Sound Design: Claire Windsor
Photo: Steve Tanner © RSC


A riveting 19th century political drama ……. full of pace, intrigue, tension and political machination”  Guardian

The Stage ****
Whatsonstage ****
Daily Telegraph ****
The Sunday Times **** 

Alfred Fagon Award 2020

Winner Best Play of the year THE WHIP performed in the RSC's Swan Theatre.

“My mission is always to unravel what has lain untold and buried for political expediency. The unknown facts about emancipation and the transatlantic slave trade deserve to be re-examined and future generations have the right to debate how Britain’s collective colonial amnesia, shapes our current cultural reality.  I am honoured to be awarded the Alfred Fagon prize for this work and I look forward to continuing its powerful legacy and the quest for Black British artistic freedom.”

The Gift

15 Heroines / The Labrynth
Jermyn Street Theatre/Digital Theatre
Director: Adjoa Andoh
Lighting Design: Johanna Town
Featuring Nadine Marshall
Photograph by Shonay Shote

‘Defiant women rise up from the Myths’  The Guardian ****

’15 ancient heroines are resurrected
with wit, imagination and verve’
The Stage ****

‘An exhilarating, howling testimony to the female experience’
INews ****

Soon Gone : A Windrush Chronicle

BBC Arts/Douglas Road Productions/Young Vic
Ep 4 written by Juliet Gilkes Romero
Directed by Christiana Ebohon-Green
Starring Vinette Robinson

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

RSC Mischief Festival / The Other Place
Directed by Amy Draper
Composer/Lyricist: Darren Clark
Photo: 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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