“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 Times
“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.” Time Out
“Seventy percent of my constituents are white, Karen. I have to be a politician, who ‘happens’ to be black. Not a black man who ‘happens’ to be a politician.”
Karen loves politics. She’s a rising star but on the eve of a general election she risks her career and reputation in a bitter and contentious fight over whether to allow short lists for black Parliamentary candidates.
Deselected by her party, and betrayed by the men she loves, Karen must embark on a relentless road to power and political redemption.
Provocative and raw, Upper Cut unravels the fight for diversity and black representation through today’s coalition politics, the hope and rebirth of New Labour and delves into the troubled heart of a Labour party struggling under the might of Thatcher’s Tory revolution. Upper Cut is inspired by true political events.
Juliet Gilkes Romero is a playwright and journalist. Her World War One drama At the Gates of Gaza won Best Play Award at the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain in 2009.
The production is kindly supported by Jerwood Space.
Please note that there will be smoking on stage during this production.
Sound Designer and Composer
12th December 2015 (following the 8pm performance)
Post show discussion with Martin Greenaway, Cartographer from World renowned Stanfords, London. This discussion will focus on the character of Christopher mapping in 1876 and the role of maps in our lives in the 21st century.