Upper Cut by Juliet Gilkes Romero
Inspired by true political events, this provocative new work by the Writers’ Guild Award winning playwright of At the Gates of Gaza unravels the fight for diversity and representation in contemporary politics, dissecting one of the most controversial issues concerning our parliamentary process today. The performance is staged just months after the Labour Black Network relaunched a campaign for all-black shortlists, which made headlines after it was announced at the party’s annual conference in September.
The play follows the story of promising Labour politician Karen, who risks her career and reputation on the eve of a general election in a contentious fight over whether to allow all-black parliamentary short lists. Deselected by her party, and betrayed by two men she loves, Karen embarks on a relentless road to power and political redemption, taking the audience on a journey through today’s coalition politics, the hope and rebirth of New Labour and the heart of a troubled party under the might of Thatcher’s Tory revolution.
Cast: Emma Dennis-Edwards, Akemnji Ndifornyen and Andrew Scarborough
Directed by Lotte Wakeham
Info: Upper Cut is at Southwark Playhouse from 14 Jan to 7 Feb 2015 | Book tickets Running Time: 90 mins (no interval)