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.

*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 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