Set against the backdrop of an uprising, following an incident in police custody that stuns the nation, Revealed tackles themes of racism, masculinity, sexuality, mental health, and fatherhood through the prism of a powerful and poignant family drama. Daniel J Carver’s debut play celebrates the courage in connecting with those we find hardest to love.

Protests and riots are erupting outside. A recent incident in police custody has stunned the nation. Sixteen-year-old Luther, his father Malcolm and grandfather Sidney are thrown together for the night, taking refuge in Sidney’s Caribbean restaurant. As the three men navigate the chaos on their doorstep, their different feelings come to the surface. Secrets emerge from deep within their family and they begin to see one another – and themselves – in a new light.

The cast, representing three generations of the same family, includes Everal A Walsh, Dylan Brady, and the play’s writer Daniel J Carver.

Tobacco Factory Theatres’ associate director Jay Zorenti-Nakhid, who will direct the production, says: “We’re particularly thrilled that Everal A Walsh will play our grandfather Sidney, having already workshopped the role at the National Theatre Studio earlier this year. We’re also very excited to welcome the incredible talent that is Dylan Brady, who will play teenager Luther, in his first professional stage performance, after playing Danny in Coronation Street for the last two years. Daniel J Carver and I have been on this journey to get Revealed produced since we started working on it together in 2018. I could not be more excited that Dan will also play the role of Malcolm in his own brilliant, moving, and hilarious play.”

Talking of his involvement as an actor in Revealed, Daniel J Carver says: “I’ve had the opportunity to play some great parts, including Lord Clifford in Henry VI Parts 2 and 3 at the RSC earlier this year. One of the themes of this play is toxic masculinity and Malcolm is a very challenging and complex character in this sense. I grew up around men like Malcolm and I have been a Malcolm at various points in my life, so there is a deep connection there for me. I feel that I am at a stage in my life that I have experienced enough to bring the whole of me to this character.”

Tobacco Factory Theatres’ artistic director Mike Tweddle says: “Revealed is a hugely important new production for Tobacco Factory Theatres, hurtling from devastating and shocking to hilarious and charming in 90 unforgettable minutes.”

Revealed builds on Tobacco Factory Theatres’ commitment to producing original work that delights and provokes. The play has been developed with support from the National Theatre’s Generate programme and it was co-commissioned with The Red Earth Collective.


Revealed is at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol 22 September-8 October 2022

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