DUGOUT! The Little Herberts
This is work was created by thirty three young people over a period of eighteen months. It was performed every time we met and it was as if for real. We met in groups of between eight and twelve people at a time and we met for three days at a time and sometimes just one day.

You had to be really brave to do it.

It drew on survival reality tv programmes but this wasn't not tv this was history and theatre repeating themselves and reinventing themselves.

"We are in Mr Whissell and Mrs Williams' Home Front Training Camp and we are being tested to see if we have World War 2 survival skills. Graham Sutherland is there drawing us.

First we work in gallery one which has been turned into a kind of aircraft hanger/factory shop floor/canteen.

Then we go to Whitefriars Monastery where Sergeant West has his hideout and Miss Thompson is a spy in captivity.

We experience the blackout, air raids, rationing, factory work, rebuilding, spies, double agents, home guard training, the enemy in the camp, the careless corner and finally a peace conference.

Eventually we make a film to show other young people and to recruit them for the next training camp."

19 August 2002.
Film Premiere - 2 January 2004 - Warwick Arts Centre Cinema
August 2002, October 2002, February 2003, April 2003
Film work April - October 2003

Total Theatre Autumn 2003
Feature article by Jessica Naish

Regional Arts Lottery Programme, Coventry City Council, Screen West Midlands, Arts Council England and Film Council



Project Directors
Richard Talbot
Carran Waterfield

Theatre Artists:
Ian Cameron - Graham Sutherland
Richard Talbot - Mr Whissell
Carran Waterfield - Mrs Williams

Museum Artists:
Paul Thompson - Sergeant West
Robin Johnson - Mr Johnson
Eric Hodgkins - Ernest Wilson

The company of
The Little Herberts
Charley Rose Borgeat
Jodie Brown
Melissa Campbell
Jacob Caulfield
Mitchell Connolly
Alex Davies
Paige Dennis
Tom Dolan
Jack Fellows
Esme Finch
Paige Finch
Saffron Fletcher
Jo Green
Anna Hefferan
Lucy Hobday
Sam Hobday
Caitlin Kelly
Ellie May Littlewood
Bella Martin-Williams
Alex McGowan
Rosa Parker
Katie Payne
Charlotte Ravenhall
Alisha Turley
Gemma Turley
Levi Vince
Jack Waterfield
James Waterfield
Joseph Waterfield
Elliot Wilkins
Jasper Wilkins
Cheryl Williams


The company

Richard Talbot
Carran Waterfield

James Lantsbery
Various 40s

Richard Talbot
Carran Waterfield
The Little Herberts