Tale of Tales

Italy, World War Two. Fierce and brave Antoinetta, a known communist, and her two young boys, have to flee to Australia for safety. Her husband Sante, a gentle storyteller, stays to fight against Europe’s rising fascist regimes.

Separated by war and unimaginable distance, Sante and Antoinetta can communicate only through coded letters, their experiences mirrored and revealed through the folk stories they tell each other.

Based on true stories, Tale of Tales fuses fairy tales with the horrors of war. Filled with shadow puppetry, romance, and violence, Tale of Tales takes its name from the classic Italian fairy tale and looks at how the stories we tell shape us and our families.

Brought to life by the team at Bow & Dagger (The Beast & The Bride), Tale of Tales sees a collection of Perth’s hotshot storytellers transform The Blue Room Theatre into war-torn Italy and 1940s Australia.

Written by Clare Testoni

Directed by Clare Testoni & Paul Grabovac

Performed by Clare Testoni & Paul Grabovac

Dramaturg Finn O’Branagain

Sound Design Joe Lui

Lighting Design Rhiannon Petersen

Puppets by Clare Testoni

Produced by Natalie Di Risio

Publicist Scott McArdle

Presented by The Blue Room Theatre 2018

The Beast & The Bride


An erotic, horror, fairy tale, for the modern feminist.

Written and performed by Clare Testoni (West of The Moon) as a Victorian bride waiting for her unknown groom on her wedding night.

Using gothic shadow puppets, a bed, and an antique wedding dress, she tells stories of beauties, beasts, and Bluebeards as she waits. Through these stories the 5000-year history of ‘Beauty and The Beast’ and its dark origins are unravelled in this chilling one-woman show.

Directed by Finn O’Branagáin (Interrupting a CrisisTamogotchi ResetThe EpicThe Beast and The Bride explores these stories away from Disney and children’s books.
We see why these dark tales were originally told, and are asked, in a modern age of gender equality what does it mean to make men beasts and women beauties?


Written and performed by Clare Testoni

Directed and dramaturged by Finn O'Branagáin

Produced by Natalie Di Risio

Music by Elise Rietze

Stage Manager, Adrienne Patterson

Design by Clare Testoni

Corset by Jacqui Lucey