Presented by Renegade Productions x Bow & Dagger
I am the Gorgon
I am Medusa.
I am she who turns men to stone.
I am she who was beheaded.
She who has gone unheeded, unheard, unwept
I am the ignored, the unseen, the forgotten.
Each night our sisterhood of priestesses will summon the Goddess Medusa to life. A thundering ritual of dancing will take place in the sweaty nightclub to awaken Medusa, our protector and fighter.
We will swarm amongst you in our temple, clambering onto our podiums to be seen and heard through the throbbing beat. You can partake in the ritual, or bear respectful witness to our power. The choice is yours.
Sacrifice your inhibitions and join us.
Producer: Natalie Di Risio
Writer: Finn O’Branagàin
Director/Sound Designer: Joe Hooligan Lui
Performers: Jacinta Larcombe, Sandy McKendrick, Michelle Aiken, Jess Nyanda Moyle, Moana Lutton, Mani Mae Gomes
Costume and set design: Cherish Marrington
Lighting Designer: Kristie Smith
A.V. Designer: Clare Testoni
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.
*Winner* Best Production 2018 - The Blue Room Awards
“Tale of Tales is a small, brilliant gem of storytelling and a breakout achievement for its deviser and performer Clare Testoni.” - The West Australian
“Tale of Tales is the most beautifully rendered World War II story since Life is Beautiful ...it will leave an indelible print on your heart.” - Fourth Wall Media
”The images have a magical three-dimensionality and move with an almost cinematic quality...” - The West Australian
Written by Clare Testoni
Directed by Clare Testoni & Paul Grabovac
Performed by Clare Testoni & Paul Grabovac
Dramaturge 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
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 Crisis, Tamogotchi Reset, The Epic) The 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