Clare Testoni is the writer, director and performer of upcoming show Tale of Tales.
Which three words best describe your show?
Documentary, fairy tale, storytelling.
What do you hope people take away from your show?
I really want to remind people about the scars of prejudice and fear. How they can last generations. Stories have always been seen as powerful tools in my family, I hope people walk away thinking about the stories they’ll be telling their children in the future. To think about our roles in history in this time of the largest refugee crisis I know it can be hard to connect to how large, how sad, how difficult it is. In the 1940’s, in the last refugee crisis, that was my family. It was a lot of our families as some point in history.
What made you first realise you wanted to pursue a career in theatre?
The first proper show I was in was with ATYP in Sydney. It was an amazing play called Stories in The Dark and it was written by Debora Oswald who is one of my hero’s. It was a play that used fairy tales to talk about children’s experience of war. It was certainly one of those shows that really helped shape my practise. It had puppets, and masks, and it was really about the power of stories. It was the first time I thought “I could do this for real”.
Where do you see theatre and performance 10 years from now?
I hope the voices are more diverse. I hope there is a greater mix of popular shows done really well and experimental work. I hope the notion of the “Good Play” is killed and we just make good theatre.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t be embarrassed about being bad. The only way to get better is to write more, make more. And don’t be embarrassed if the cool kids aren’t into the art you’re into. You’re passions are valid and shared by lots of people!
What excites you about Perth?
I love the way Perth people work hard at what they love. Maybe it’s being far away, maybe it’s the supportive audiences, but people try new things here. People work as a community and really want to make better and better art. Also, beaches.
Tale of Tales
1 May – 19 May
More information here.
Image credit: Tanya Voltchanskaya, West Side of the Moon