Long before "Who Do You Think You Are" was broadcast Triangle Theatre explored the story of a child of the Workhouse who subsequently lived in a series of children's homes between 1937 and 1945. Produced in 1998 and touring until 2001 Looking for the Tallyman explored through the metaphor of the fairytale true stories from a workhouses and children's homes in Tattingstone, Grundisburgh, Needham Market and Stowmarket against the backdrop of World War 2. Devised, written and performed by Richard Talbot and Carran Waterfield. Directed by Ian Cameron.
LOOKING FOR THE TALLYMAN
An exploration into prickly family trees and the nature of patriarchy and nationhood. Through researching the personal family trees of the actors a journey was made into the experience of illegitimacy; of living in workhouses and children's homes in the 1930s and 40s; of the child's perception of world war 2, MI5 and the freemasons. This project was a personal history research project with mythological and universal resonance.
15 June 1998 Belgrade Studio, Coventry
Research: June 1997, January-March 1998
Devising: April-June 1998
Total performances to date - 70
June-October 1998 initial tour East and West Midlands, London and Denmark
Rework June 1999
Edinburgh Festival 1999
National Tour including London at the Oval House November 1999
January 2000 Ustinov Studio, Bath
November 2000 performance at The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry to mark Triangle's new residency at the gallery.
Drama Commission - Arts Council of England
National Lottery Award
Belgrade Theatre commission
The Stage 09. 99