Trainer Biographies

Carran Waterfield

Richard Talbot
I am Co-Artistic Director of Triangle Theatre (est 1988), and Senior Lecturer in Performance in the School of Arts & Media at Salford University.

Triangle is an award-winning (Museum & Heritage Award 2005) company specializing in museum theatre, biographical performance and theatre designed especially for community engagement. I am currently a collaborator with theatre makers, Ridiculusmus, on The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland (Touring once more in 2015) a theatre production about Mental Health management in the family.

I have developed a body of work over the last three years about interactive performance and healthcare with community users. The empathy and care context of the techniques used in the workshop have been researched with Dr David Garbutt, Professor Martin Johnson and Dr Natalie Yates-Bolton at the International Erasmus Funded Workshop programme on “Human Rights, Older People and End of Life Care”; followed by a paper about interactive performance, Roberts, D & Talbot R (2011) Learning to Act Like A Nurse which is due for publication in Oliver, M. Ed. (2014) Performance and Care Basingstoke: Palgrave this follows “publication” as performance paper presentations at Performance Studies international (PSi17) conference on archives:, Camillo 2.0: Technology, Memory, Experience, May 25-29 2011, Utrecht, a performance presentation to the Medical Interventions panel (Performing Care) at Health Acts: Applied Theatre, Health, and Well-being in April 28-30 at the Department of Drama, University of Exeter.

I have extensive experience of working with community performance groups including Museum-based community performance groups at the Herbert Museum Coventry (2000-2010) and have delivered drama workshops to all ages for over 20 years in Higher Education, with Walsall Community Arts Trust (2002-06), with Storybus (Salford University & Harriet Morgan Shami), with Kathy McArdle of Salford Quays Development Project (The In On The Act festival of Immersive Theatre, 2012).

I have toured and performed internationally with leading experimental performance companies and led workshops for professional artists and museum practitioners at the National Museum of Australia and International Museum Theatre Alliance and for The National Trust and other museum-related clients.

I have led workshops in performer training often related to the themes of play strategies, memory, trauma and interaction techniques. I was artist-in-residence at The Herbert museum, Coventry, for 5 years creating interdisciplinary participatory projects, in response to the archives and collections of museums The work has been supported by: Arts Council England, British Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, The Wellcome Trust and The Leverhulme Trust among others.

See Talbot, R J* & Andrews, N (2011) “Triangle's Immersive Museum Theatre: performativity, historical interpretation and research in-role” In Jackson, A & Kidd, J (eds.), Performing Heritage. Research, Practice and Innovation in Museum Theatre and Live Interpretation. Manchester: Manchester University Press.