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