The Gaiety Theatre, Ayr, Perth Theatre and Cumbernauld Theatre Company
Written by Ann Marie Di Mambro
Directed by Ken Alexander
There is hardly a town or city in Scotland that doesn’t have its own Italian café, chippy or ice-cream parlour. And it’s in one of these much-loved establishments that the story of Tally’s Blood starts…
Lucia can wrap her aunt and uncle around her little finger, cry to order, and she doesn’t like going to school. She likes Hughie though, so much so that they seal their friendship with a secret ceremony in the shop storeroom – aided by an illicit bottle of ‘ginger’.
Auntie Rosinella loves Lucia like all the children she never had, but will anyone – particularly a ‘Scotch’ boy – ever be good enough for the girl she loves ‘best in the whole wide world’?
As their childhood camaraderie blossoms into romance, Lucia and Hughie face more challenges than their countries taking opposing sides in the Second World War.
Told with heart and humour, Tally’s Blood follows the lives of an Italian immigrant family in Scotland, from the 1930s through to the 1950s, in a sweeping tale of poverty, passion and prejudice that travels from the west of Scotland to the sun-baked Italian countryside.
This new production marks 20 years since the last professional tour of Tally’s Blood, which was also directed by Ken Alexander in 2003.
‘We love and laugh and hope and fear and dance and play… This is the stuff of life.’ Ann Marie Di Mambro.
For more information and to book tickets, please visit each venue below.
Opening at Perth Theatre from Thu 21 – Sat 30 Sep 2023, then touring to:
Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy: Tue 3 + Wed 4 Oct
Cumbernauld Theatre at Lanternhouse: Tue 10 – Sat 14 Oct
Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock: Mon 23 + Tue 24 Oct
Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling: Wed 25 – Fri 27 Oct
Theatre Royal, Dumfries: Mon 30 + Tue 31 Oct
The Gaiety, Ayr: Thu 2 – Sat 4 Nov