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