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