“The Alfred Fagon Award is unique."
Michael Abbensetts, winner 2004
Supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation
Upper Cut by Juliet Gilkes Romero

Upper Cut by Juliet Gilkes Romero

“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.

Cast and creatives:

Director Lotte Wakeham
Designer Rachel Stone
Lighting Designer Derek Anderson
Sound Designer and Composer Andy Graham
Producer W14 Productions


Emma Dennis-Edwards
Andrew Scarborough
Akemenji Ndifornyen

Southwark Playhouse,  14th January – 7th February 2015

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