Tally’s Blood

Author(s): Ann Marie Di Mambro
Company: Cumbernauld Theatre Company, The Gaiety Theatre, Ayr and Perth Theatre

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—be good enough for the girl she loves ‘best in the whole wide world’?

As childhood camaraderie blossoms into romance, Lucia and Hughie face more challenges than the fact their countries are taking opposing sides in the Second World War.

Tally’s Blood follows an Italian immigrant family in Scotland, from the 1930s to the 1950s, in a tale of poverty, passion and prejudice that travels from the west of Scotland to the sun-baked Italian countryside.


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