Atalian-Australian War Story
Italy, World War Two. Fierce and brave Antoinetta, a known communist, heavily pregnant, has to flee to Australia to 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 for three weeks.
Directors & Performers – Clare Testoni & Paul Grabovac
Writer – Clare Testoni
Dramaturg – Finn O’Branagáin
Producer – Natalie Di Risio
Lighting Designer – Rhiannon Petersen
Stage Manager – Rachael Woodward
Publicist – Scott McArdle
Daniel James Grant