Meet the Team

Julia

Julia Barton – Director Reveal Theatre

Julia has a myriad of experience over far too many years – engaging with many people, particularly the young from diverse communities. Julia’s background was one of Film and Music in London in the 1980’s. This culminated in Julia working as part of the Team that created, organised and delivered World AID’s Day in 1987…

with such artists as: George Michael, Elton John, Boy George, the Communards, Holly Johnson, and Kim Wilde. Special guests also included: Meat Loaf, Aswad, Bobby Womack, Tom Robinson and many others. From this point Julia realised how the arts could engage with people notwithstanding their race, religion, heritage or gender and when moving to Stoke-on-Trent in 1989 was determined to continue on this path. After bringing her daughters up during the early 90’s Julia has worked in a management and administration capacity at the New Vic Theatre – Borderlines, Planet Sound Community Music Co.

North Staffordshire Racial Equality Council and finally Love Music Hate Racism where she tour managed a “supergroup” curated by Sam Duckworth of Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, Drew McConnell from Babyshambles, members of The King Blues and Kid British, Mpho Skeef; Jimmy Pursey from Rock Against Racism heroes Sham 69, rappers Low Key and Eslam Jawaad, Britpop legend Lee Mavers from The La’s; and DJ The Last Skeptik.

Taking them to Sziget Festival in Budapest in 2009 which was beginning to see the rise of the Far Right before joining Reveal Theatre full time as Managing Director. Reveal Theatre has allowed Julia to create and manage projects that have challenged many issues that impact on our young people using theatre to explore and challenge issues such as racism, extremism, intolerance, stigma’s connected to mental health and how social media can impact on young people.

Julia’s enthusiasm continues to deliver projects not only in Stoke-on-Trent but with Reveal’s arm extending from Blackburn to her home City of London. Julia looks forward to taking Reveal Theatre forward and ensuring the stability of this wonderful theatre Company before she finally bows out and retires – one day!!!

Peace and Love J x

Dominic

Dominic Meir – Artistic Associate

Trained at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama. Professional work includes mainstream Film, Theatre and Radio. For Reveal, specialising in Prevent and extremism since 2007 including creating the documentary play Silent anger from research and interviews with extremists violent and non-violent…

Delivery of Game On throughout education and other agencies. Lead research and narrative development.

Collaborative work with Keele University PGCE. Researched and co-created the slavery documentary play “Am I Not A Man And A Brother celebrating the bicentennial of the Abolition of Slavery? With the Racial Equality Council and African-Caribbean community of Stoke-on-Trent.

Researched, co-created and directed the documentary play “Homefront Recall”.

Pre-Reveal work included working on participatory projects delivered with and in prisons, young offenders, substance abuse, vulnerable young women’s projects (with Youth Offending Teams) Holocaust Memorial Days (with Holocaust survivors) refugees amongst many others.

Daniel Johnson – Support Practitioner

Training in Drama Performance & Theatre Arts (BA) and Drama Education (PGCE, QTS) alongside work in industry, Daniel has over a decade of artistic experience. Working for Reveal intermittently since 2015, he has delivered the ‘Game On’ project across a number of schools and communities and is passionate about and committed to using the arts as a vehicle for progressive change…

I have had the pleasure of being a part of the Reveal network since 2015. During this time I have delivered the ‘Game On’ project in a myriad of schools in a wide variety of communities. 

During my time training in theatre I have engaged with a number of projects and subjects. Specialisms include theatre directing, acting, documentary theatre and the study of contemporary drama. Credits of staged work include creating, directing and acting in the documentary plays ‘Save Our NHS’ and ‘Hard Times’. These pieces of Verbatim theatre engaged with communities across the country to reflect on and raise awareness of serious social and economic issues facing them, giving a voice to the less heard. I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama Performance & Theatre Arts at Staffordshire University in 2015. 

I have also gained a PGCE from Keele University specialising in teaching Drama to pupils across KS4 & KS5. I have taught in a wide range of environments including mainstream secondary schools and sixth forms, PRUs and SEMH schools, specialist EAL schools and SEN departments. This, of course, means I have worked with pupils from extremely diverse backgrounds, ability levels and needs in a multitude of different community settings. Gaining an insight into the mechanics of teaching and pedagogical theory and practice has helped develop my ability to work effectively with young people and continues to be an area of research for myself. 

I aim to commence an MA in Theatre Practice (specialising in Directing) within the next year to further develop my practice. My passion and drive comes from a belief in the arts’ ability to promote progressive change, challenge extreme ideologies and stigma around race, mental health and economic inequality and support young people in understanding themselves, their peers and the world around them. I look forward to working with my colleagues at Reveal to achieve just that. 

Sid Sagar – Support Practitioner

Sid is an actor, writer and facilitator based in London. He grew up abroad and has lived in England since the age of eight. He read History at the University of Bristol. He has a range of credits on stage and screen. He has worked with children and young people in a variety of roles, including as a private tutor, as a volunteer for NCS: The Challenge, and on behalf of British Youth Music Theatre.

Ellie Bott  – Lead Practitioner

Ellie is a an experienced practitioner specialising in Dance and Theatre Arts. Formerly, Ellie has been a Lead practitioner for the Specialist School’s trust across the North West and West Midlands and has worked in a variety of different educational settings across the country…

As a freelance practitioner, Ellie has worked across all age groups, genders and abilities, developing applied theatre and dance projects
based on wide ranging societal issues.

Ellie has been involved with Reveal Theatre for over ten years, creating resource packs for Documentary theatre, developing projects based on creative learning and performing in immersive experiences. The ‘Game On,’ project has been the core work for Reveal over the past four years and Ellie has enjoyed researching extremist ideologies and the self development that comes through the delivery of a responsive workshop.

Over the next few years, Ellie would like to continue to explore further funding options for Reveal and help diversify the current project provision, helping the company go from strength to strength.

Laura Stacey – Lead Practitioner

I’m a creative who aims to respond to and encourage voices, stories and debate through performative platforms. Particularly interested in working with communities to devise performances which hold up their ideas to public audiences…

An interest in the praxis of performance collaboration has centred within my work: how traditional roles within the devising process maybe reconsidered to empower participants. The exploration of these ideas took place through an M.A by research at the University of Huddersfield.

Below are projects which have been most significant:

Delivering the “Game On” Project with Reveal Theatre Company. The Game On Project is delivered across the country in Primary, Secondary, Further Education and PRU’s. The participatory workshop aims to explore resilience to debunk extremist ideologies that affect communities. Celebrating participants backgrounds is a key component to the workshop in order for the participants to feel confident in discussing cultural, race and religious similarities/ differences. Through discussion the workshop aims to enable participants to be critically aware and to use their skills to debunk myths placed onto groups in society. I have led participants through a creative process placing their ideas into public performances for family, teachers and councillors to see. Furthering an open dialogue between community members. Performances have been devised and performed by students at Waterside Primary, St Marks & Etruscan Primary (Stoke-on-Trent) Lilian Bayless School (London) and Palfrey Girls School (Walsall).

Outreach project, through The Regent Theatre, responding to the ideas and needs of young people and their community. Bringing together charity groups (Changes, Young Carers, Year 8 transition group) to enable them to talk about their environments and the world they live in in front of a public audience.

‘Lidice Shall Live Festival’ connecting school and community groups to the story of the Lidice atrocity. Placing the historical event in relation to the contemporary through a verbatim and site-specific performance at The Victoria Hall.

Working in partnership with the National Theatre Learning to create the ‘War Horse Take Over.’ Connecting school and community groups to themes of WW1 producing workshops at the City Central Library and the Potteries Museum.

‘Are We Happy Yet?’ A performance that draws on the imagery of war and of everyday life which has been performed at various locations in West Yorkshire and the West Midlands.

Sarah Miller – Lead Practitioner

Sarah started her professional career as an actor/musician straight out of college into a theatre company, with many roles under her belt. She continues her work as a musician to this day…

appearing in several bands and having recorded and toured for many years.

Meantime, she has worked on many community projects for organisations including Planet Sound, Creative Partnerships, City Music Service and was artist in residence at Gallery 37 in Birmingham. She has worked with a varied range of groups within the community, including vulnerable young women, NEETS and young offenders.  She completed her teaching degree during her ten years lecturing in Drama & Music at Newcastle Under Lyme College, specialising in working with adults with Learning Difficulties/Disabilities, and worked for eight years as vocal coach & lecturer in Pop Music at Manchester Metropolitan University.

She has worked on the Game On project intermittently since 2011 but has contributed towards the honing of the workshop together with training new practitioners and is looking forward to helping develop new projects for Reveal.

Pamela Ndebele – Support Practitioner

Bernardo

Bernardo Pezo – Support Practitioner

Hi My name is Bernardo I come from a sporting background I am passionate about working with young people and encouraging others to make positive life choices. I have loved working on Reveal’s “Game On” project ensuring that young people stay safe from extremism.