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Juliet Gilkes Romero

Playwright, Radio/tv/screenwriter
London South Bank University

Juliet Gilkes Romero is an award-winning writer for stage and screen. She is the recipient of the 2020 Alfred Fagon award for Best New Play with The Whip, the Roland Rees bursary 2019 and the BBC World Service Alexander Onassis research bursary. Her work mainly investigates untold history. The Whip exposes the financial legacy of the 1833 Abolition Bill and how British tax payers had been paying off the multi-billion pound bailout of slave owners up until 2015. 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 and tour, winner of the Writers’ 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 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 at the BBC World Service saw her reporting from countries including Ethiopia, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. She enjoys leading creative writing workshops and has been working with ex-prisoners and young people at risk of offending. Juliet believes in the transformative power of storytelling, loves swimming and salsa.

Juliet Gilkes Romero
Image credit: Steve Tanner

Fellowships

London South Bank University 2021/22
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