Carran Waterfield
Carran Waterfield has over thirty years experience working nationally and internationally as a theatre practitioner and teacher. She founded Triangle Theatre (Coventry) in 1988. Now based in the North West of England, she is creating and performing new work, developing The House as part of Jenny Hughes' research project Poor Theatres and leading movement based teaching projects for universities and conservatoires. She has created either solo or in collaboration over 40 original works (1989-2016)

2017 - Beautiful End in development
2014 - present The House
2014 - present Little Blue Man
2006 - present MRS WILLIAMS (various)
2006 - Present The Pollard Trail - LANCE F.S.
2002 - present The Singing Nun DUM FACE
2005 War is Over - MRS WILLIAMS
2004 Coventry Kids in the Blitz - MRS WILLIAMS
2004 Godiva and White Riding - GODIVA
2004 When the Bough Breaks - MRS WILLIAMS
2003 Whissell and Williams - MRS WILLIAMS
2003 På genhør med Nina og Frederick -NINA
2002 Undercover - BIOGRAPHICAL
2002 The Singing Nun DUM FACE
2001 Lovers of the World Unite - NINA
2000 Listen to the Ocean - NINA
2000 The One Hundred and One Dalmatians - CRUELLA
1999 The Quiet Life of Nina and Frederick - NINA
1998 Looking for the Tallyman - GRETEL/TOMMY
1997 My Sister, My Angel - BIOGRAPHICAL
1996 Tales from the Scrapbook- BIOGRAPHICAL
1994 Tributaries - SINGER
1992 The Dig - MARY
1991 Married Blitz - GWEN
1989 Omega and the Golden Water - MULTIPLE
1979 Macbeth - Gloucestershire Theatre in Education - LADY MACBETH, THIRD WITCH
1979 Hobson's Choice - Gloucestershire Theatre in Education - Alice, Mrs Hepworth

2016 Albert, the Tank Tram (University of Salford)
2013 The Session (Birnam Wood Project) John Thaw Studio, Manchester University
2012 They'll Be Home By Christmas (Two Summers Apart) John Thaw Studio, Manchester University
2012 Between You and Me Orsall Hall and The Lowry (Salford)
2012 The Feast Adelphi Theatre and Media City (Salford)
2012 All at Sea Maidwell Hall, University of Northampton
2011 A Short Sojourn John Thaw Studio, Manchester University
2011 The Hoarse Raven...croaking Shakespeare
Operating Theatre, Melton Mowbray
2010 Birnam Wood RSC Development
2010 To Meet With.... Flash Ley School, Stafford
2007-2009 The Last Women Belgrade Theatre
2009 One Night Only Birmingham
2008 1871 Charlecote Park - National Trust
2008 Nativity: A Servant's Christmas National Trust
2008 A House Full of Characters Charlecote Park
2006 The Glasshouse Kindle Theatre, Birmingham
2006 Chico Talks/The Pollard Trail, Coventry
2006 Chico Talks/The Pollard Trail, Belfast
2006 Don't Play Near the Water Canal Basin Coventry
2005 War is Over Rough Close, Coventry
2005 Beastly Beauties Kindle Theatre, Edinburgh
2005 The Singing Nun Edinburgh
2004 Coventry Kids in the Blitz Coventry, Australia
2004 Kings, Queens, Clowns and Gold Coventry
2004 7777 All Good Girlies Go To Heaven Birmingham
2004 Godiva the Naked Politician USA
2003 Sin Dex Coventry
2003 Whissell and Williams Home Front Training Camp
2003 Veiling Coventry
2002 Dugout! Coventry and Birmingham
2001 The Story of Red Hair Coventry
2000 Millennophobia Birmingham
1998 The Kingdom of Nina and Frederick Coventry
1998 Echoes and Omens Coventry
1997 Candles in the Wind (Threshold Theatre) Coventry
1997 Monsters (Bare Essentials Youth Theatre) Coventry
1996 The Playing Ground (Coventry University) Coventry
1996 Vagrants (Bare Essentials Youth Theatre) Coventry
1995 The Chosen Path (Coventry University) Coventry
1994 Olim West Midlands and Denmark
1992 Dream Weavers West Midlands and Denmark
1990 Sticks and Stones Coventry, London, Russia
1989 The Land of Shapes (Bare Essentials Youth Theatre) Coventry

2011 Honorary Research Fellow University of Manchester
2010 Renaissance West Midlands Best of the West:
The Hour of Death (The Last Women)

2005 Curiosity and Imagination Roots and Wings Award
Coventry Kids in the Blitz

2004 Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence - Best Educational Initiative - Coventry Kids in the Blitz

2002 Selection Birmingham Screen Festival - Dugout! Selection Birmingham Film Festival - Tribute

1992 Edinburgh Scotsman Fringe First - The Dig

1992 Independent Theatre Award Short list - The Dig

1990 James Doel Award - Kevin Skym - Business in the Arts

1990 Best Actress and Most Outstanding Production,
Festival of Experimental Theatre, Volgograd, Russia - Married Blitz

1990 Lloyds Bank Theatre Challenge - Sticks and Stones


Waterfield C., The House - an augmented play script. Studies in Theatre and Performance 37:1 Routledge (2017)

Hughes J. and Waterfield C., Digging Deep: a dialogue on practice as research. Studies in Theatre and Performance 37:1 Routledge (2017)

Hughes J. and Waterfield C., (ed.) The House - theatre, performance, poverty Special Issue Studies in Theatre and Performance 37:1 Routledge (2017)

Hughes J. and Waterfield C., Photo Essay Sing for Your Supper: Pauperism, Performance and Survival Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association Issue 5.2 (Fall 2016)

Waterfield, C., Book Review:Simming: Participatory Performance and the Making of Meaning by Scott Magelssen Modern Drama Vol 58 No 4 (2015)

Waterfield, C., Book Review: On Training and Performance:Traces of an Odin Actress New Theatre Quarterly Vol. 31 Issue 3 (2015)

Waterfield, C.,Social Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival: a report from a theatre maker RIde The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance Vol 20 No.2 (2015)

Waterfield, C., Working Diary: The House Poor Theatres Blog on creating The House University of Manchester Poor Theatres Dr Jenny Hughes (2015-2017)

Waterfield, C.,Sex, Cancer and Cocktails - points of view ed. Dorothy Max Prior. Total Theatre Magazine (2015)

Waterfield, C.,Total Theatre Reviews Edinburgh Total Theatre Magazine (2014)

Waterfield, C.,(2013)Book Review: Odin Teatret Theatre in a New Century and Stones of Water. New Theatre Quarterly Vol 29 issue 1

Waterfield, C.,The Palatine Collection page 37 Report onTriangle's Work in Times of War (2012)

Performing Heritage: research, practice & innovation in museum theatre & live interpretation ed Jackson and Kidd (2010)

Waterfield, C., and Talbot, R., Triangle's Work In Times of War DVD ROM (2007)
purchase it here

Watefield, C.,Feminine Theatre: Training the Young Practitioner in Intuitive Performance The Articulate Practitioner: Articulating Practice DVD ROM Performance Research Books (2007)

Waterfield, C., Through the Threshold Total Theatre Explores, Reflections. (2006)

Waterfield, C., (2005) Godiva Rides to America The Open Page Number 10

Waterfield, M., A Suffolk Punch - out of the darkness - the stories which inspired (2004)

Waterfield, C., and Waterfield M., Looking for the Tallyman The Open Page Number 4 March (2000)

Waterfield, C., Being a girl and running home The Open Page Number 3 March (1999)

Waterfield, C., How to die Standing - an interview with Eugenio Barba Total Theatre Vol 10 No 3 Spring (1998)

Waterfield, C., In the Steps of the Masters - the Odin Experience Total Theatre Vol 8 No 1 Spring 1996 Bare Essentials (1996)

Waterfield, C., Finding a Square Box for a Triangle Arts Education October (1993)

Waterfield, C., An Encounter with Odin Teatret - an alternative to a training school Total Theatre Vol 5 No 3 Autumn (1993)

Waterfield, C., The Twins and I Mailout Autumn (1992)

The above articles can be found on

Publications referring to the work of Carran Waterfield, Richard Talbot and Triangle Theatre Company

Talbot, R., She wants to kiss you: Negotiating Risk in the Immersive Theatre Contract Reframing Immersive Theatre ed Frieze, J. Palgrave Macmillan (2016)

Campbell, P., (2013)
Repertório, Salvador, nº 20, p.51-64, 2013.1(English translation): Threads in the Labyrinth - Triangle and Odin

Campbell P., Farmer R., Usher J. and Waterfield C., (2012) Action Learning Archive and Avant-Garde Theatre Paper Conference for the Association of Learning Technology

Johnson, P.,(2012) Quantum Theatre Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Shaugnessy, N. (2012) Applying Performance (Live Art, Socially Engaged Theatre and Affective Practice) Palgrave Macmillan

Campbell, P., (2011) All at Sea:
Tracing Jouissance in the Digital Archives of Triangle Theatre

Townley, B. (2011) Managing Creativity (Chico Talks, The Pollard Trail). Cambridge University Press

Jackson, A. and Kidd, J. Performance, Learning and Heritage. A research project funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council. (July 2005-November 2008) University of Manchester

Talbot, R. The Clown Who Lost His Memory: Multiple Faces of the Clown in Practice and Theory. PH.D (2008) University of Roehampton

Hall, N., (2008) White Riding: Milking a Legend Archetypal Psychologies - Reflections in Honor of James Hillman (ed. Stanton Marlin) Spring Journal Inc.

Jackson, A. (2007) Theatre, Education and the Making of Meanings: Art Or Instrument? Manchester University Press

Johnson, P., (2007) - Who is the Tallyman? Identity, family history and quantum mechanics in the work of Triangle Theatre

Johnson, P., (2007) - How to scare the audience and the curator: a new model for museum theatre (DVD Triangle's Work in Times of War)

Johnson, P., (2006) Quantum Performance: Scientific Discourse In The Analysis Of The Work Of Contemporary British Theatre Practitioners Phd Thesis Coventry University

Barnfather, H., Forshaw, R. and O'Brien R, (2005) -European Insights - Whissell and Williams - Spring Volume 9, No1

Campbell, Patrick George Warburton Campbell (2005)
Integrated voice. An analysis of the propositions of Grotowski, Barba, Staniewski for vocal training and in its application in the preparation of the actor
Federal University of Bahia, Graduate Programme, School of Theatre - School of Dance (in Portugese)

Karafistan, R., (2003) The spirits wouldn't let me be anything else... Shamanic dimensions within theatre practice today. New Theatre Quarterly, Cambridge University Press, May.

Naish, J., (2003) Dugout! The Little Herberts Total Theatre Volume 15 Issue 3 Autumn

Naish, J., (2002) The Little Herberts - performance at the heart of the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum - an evaluative document

Naish, J., (2002) Dancing on the Wing of a Plane Paper presented Researching Drama Conference, Exeter University.

Trowsdale, J., (2002) Reconsidering the role of artists in initiall teacher training - Research in Drama in Education Vol 7 No2 2002 (Carfax Publishing)

Johnson, P., (2001) - Carran Waterfield's Millennophobia Project: time, space and ritual theatre Drama Conference paper Lyon, France - Spring

Mienczakowski, J. and Morgan, S. (2001)Ethno Drama: Constructing Patricipatory, Experiential and Compelling Action Research through Performance - Chapter in Handbook of Action Research: Concise Paperback Edition: Student Edition Sage Publications

McMullen, M.,(2000) : Cruella DeVil played by Carran Waterfield - Coventry Evening Telegraph feature article

Gardner, L., (1999) Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know, The Guardian 31 July

Trowsdale, J., (1997) Identity - Even if it is a fantasy: the work of Carran Waterfield New Theatre Quarterly Volume 13 number 51 (Cambridge University Press)

Trowsdale, J., (1996) Harnessing the Potential of Artists in Education University of Warwick.

Trowsdale, J., (1996) The search for a new performance form: Carran Waterfield Accounting for the logic of intuition University of Warwick

Trowsdale, J., (1996) Artist in Education Total Theatre Vol 8 No 4 Winter

Ledgard, A., (1996) Mime in Schools report - Mime Action Group

Wilkerson, J., (1994) Guide to Mime in Education Case study Mime Action Group

Hale, S., (1994) A Mythical Voyage into the Human Soul Birmingham Post - March 5

Hale, S., (1993) County Magazine - Triangular Triumphs - Simon Hale - February

Jackson, J. (1993) Venue Managers....what the play's about Arts Management Weekly 14 October

Ind, J., (1992) Playing the courageous child in tackling tough adult issues Birmingham Post September 9

Croall, J., (1991) Finding their Voice Getting into Shape Bare Essentials Youth Theatre National Association of Youth Theatres


  • Paper with Dr Jenny Hughes Sing for your Supper: Pauperism, Performance and Survival - Gendered Citzenship and Perofrmance Conference University of Warwick - January 2016
  • The House - Making Theatre in the Midst of Austerity Conference (Poor Theatres Project with Jenny Hughes)
    University of Manchester - November 2015
    Heron Corn Mill - Museum Theatre Practice - March 2012
  • University of Northampton Masterclasses and Lectures Jan - March 2012
  • Staffordshire Creative Partnerships - Creative Partner - December 2009 - May 2010
  • The Last Women Training and Development Programme January - March 2008 - Programme Director
  • The Herbert, Coventry 2001 -2008 - Performance Artist in Residence
  • Challenging Museum Theatre IMTAL Global Conference Belfast September 2008 - performer
  • Triangle Training Programme November 2007 - Course Leader
  • Triangle Training Programme February 2007 - Course Leader
  • Turning the Tides - National Drama - Sydney, Australia - September 2006 - Presenter
  • Many Players, Many Parts - Victoria Museum - Melbourne, Australia - October 2006 - Presenter
  • Triangle Training Programme April/August 2006 - Course Leader
  • Visiting Artist/consultant: The Glass house - Kindle Theatre 2006
  • Performance, Learning and Heritage Advisory Board Member
  • Youth Arts Award Adviser 2006 onwards
  • Creative Partnerships Coventry Archives Canal Project Spring 2006 - Project Consultant
  • Triangle Training Programme February 2006 - Course Leader
  • Extending Our Reach - IMTAL Global Conference - The Whissell and Williams Training Camps - October 2005 - National Museum of Australia
  • The Little Herberts - 2001 - 2005 - Artistic Director
  • Mentor/consultant - Kindle Theatre 2005 to present
  • Feminine Theatre - Magdalena - The Articulate Practitioner July 2005 - Aberystwyth University - Presenter
  • Unlocking the Stories - PALATINE July 2005 - Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester - Presenter
  • What's in it for us - PALATINE -May 2005 - Oxford Brookes University - Presenter
  • Museum Theatre Practice - IMTAL Feb 2005 - Presenter
  • Devising Theatre - University of Birmingham Oct/Nov 2004 Visiting Director
  • Devising Theatre - University of Birmingham Feb/Mar 2004 - Visiting Director
  • Transit Festival - Denmark - January 2004 - Presenter
  • Godiva and White Riding - USA - 2004 - Presenter
  • Veiling - Women, veils and mythology June 2003 - Course Leader
  • The Voice in performance - DeMontfort University Oct 2003 - Course Leader and Visiting Lecturer
  • Undercover - Women and Sacrifice May 2003 - Conference Leader
  • Artistic Director - Bare Essentials 1989 - 1999
  • Belgrade Theatre, Snarling Beasties Theatre Company, Fountain Theatre Company The Shysters Theatre Company 1997 - 2000 - Performer and Devising Consultant
  • University fo Warwick Department of Arts Education 1995- 2000
  • Thin Line Theatre Company 1997 - Devising Consultant
  • Threshold Theatre Company 1996 - Devising Consultant
  • Snarling Beasties 1995-1997 - Devising Consultant
  • Pathways Theatre Company 1995 - Devising Consultant
  • University fo Warwick Department of Arts Education - Creating with Artists - 1997 - Course Leader
  • Creating as Artists - University of Warwick 1995 - Course Leader
  • Devising Theatre - Coventry University - 1995 - Course Leader
  • Finham Park School, Coventry 1995 - Drama Consultant
  • Leicester Haymarket Theatre - 1995 - Movement consultancy
  • The New York Summer School - Devising Theatre 1994 - Course Leader
  • Belgrade Theatre, Coventry - The Odin Experience 1994 - Programme Consultant
  • Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Intercultural Project 1994 - Course Leader
  • Nottingham Playhouse 1993 - Movement Consultant
  • Leicester University - Devising Theatre - Straws Conference 1993 - Course Leader
  • Theatre of the Unemployed 1989 - Movement Consultant
  • Coventry LEA Drama in Schools - a physical approach - Course Leader 1989-1993

2009 The Last Women Belgrade Theatre
2008 The Last Women Website
2007 Triangle's Work in Times of War DVD ROM
2006 War is Over (20 mins)
2005 Coventry Kids in the Biltz (35 mins)
2004 Whissell and Williams (26mins)
2004 Dugout! (25 mins )
2002 The Big Picture (20 mins)
2002 Tribute (56 mins)
2002 Godiva, the naked politician (45 mins)
2002 From Archaeology to Art (18 mins)
2001 Journey with the Bare Essentials (6 mins)

2007 Triangle's Work In Times of War DVD - Mrs Williams
2006 The Pollard Trail - LANCE F.S.
2006 War Is Over - MRS WILLIAMS
2005 Coventry Kids in the Blitz - MRS WILLIAMS
2004 Whissell and Williams - MRS WILLIAMS
2002 Dugout! - MRS WILLIAMS
2002 The Big Picture - NINA
2002 Tribute - NINA
2002 Godiva, the Naked Politician - GODIVA
2002 From Archaeology to Art - MARY
1999 The Quiet Life of Nina and Frederick - NINA
1998 1A The Foyer - NINA
1998 Nina and Frederick in Woolworth's - NINA
1996 Johnny Watkins Walks on Water - ANGEL GABRIEL

Theatre Training
2013 - present Margaret Pikes (Vocal Training)
2011 - present Sandra Reeve (Ecological Movement)
2004 - present Prof.Maggie Gale (Pedagogy and Mentor)
1990 - present Eugenio Barba (Theatre Mentor)
1990 - present Roberta Carreri (Actor Training and Mentor)
1994 - present Enrique Pardo (Choreographic Theatre)
1990 - present Ian Cameron (Visual Physical Theatre)
1992 - 2003 Clive Barker Theatre Games (Mentor)
1990 - 2002 Venice Manley (Voice and Song)
1997 Kristin Linklater (Freeing the Natural Voice)
1993 Jonothan Neelands (Educational Theatre)
1992 Badal Sircar - (Ensemble work)
1990 Richard Fowler (Devising)
1990 Torgeir Wethal (Improvisation)
1989 Kozana Luca(Siren Voices)
1989 Jola Cynkutis (Grotowski Practice)
1989 Dek Leverton (Butoh)
1986-1988 Nigel Stewart (Grotowski/Movement/Voice)
1988 The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company (Kathakali)
1987 Jackie Lansley (New Dance)
1987 Rosemary Butcher (New Dance)
1987 Geraldine Pilgrim (Visual Theatre)
1987 Rose English (Visual Theatre)
1987 Frankie Armstrong, London (Open Voice)
1980 Peter Slade(Child Drama)
1980 - 1986 Coventry LEA (Belgrade TIE)
1978-1979 (Gloucestershire TIE)
1978 ( St Mary's Cheltenham TIE)

BA/Post Graduate - Theatre Studies, Media, Performance, Movement Studies, Devising, Voice, Creativity, Contextual Studies, Physical Theatres, Community Theatre Practice, Professional Practices
ALRA, University of Manchester, Brooksby Melton College, De Montfort University, University of Northampton, Salford University - Projects
Various Masterclasses for Performers, Directors, Scholars and Museum Professionals

BAQTS/Post Graduate- University of Warwick - projects
University of Birmingham - projects
Coventry University - projects
Creative Partnerships - Projects

Teacher Training INSET - Warwickshire, Coventry LEA.
Creative Partnerships

1980- 1988, 1994-1995, 2009-2010
Secondary School Teacher - English, Drama, Media Studies, R.E, Film Studies, General Studies, Humanities, Special Education Needs, One to One Tuition, Course Co-ordinator Drama

Gloucestershire Theatre in Education Company
Macbeth, Hobson's Choice

St Mary's College of Education
The Horn Of Heimdal
A Taste of Honey