Background

Tally’s Blood is a Scottish drama written by Ann Marie Di Mambro. It was first performed in 1990 at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, where Di Mambro was a writer in residence.

Tally is slang for Italian and the title refers to both Italian blood and to the raspberry sauce they put on ice-cream.

The play is set in Scotland and Italy and spans nineteen years, from 1936 to 1955. It explores are range of social and historical contexts:

  • Poverty in Glasgow
  • Family planning and birth control
  • Italian immigrants in Scotland
  • World War Two