THE ESSEN­TIALS

WRITER, PUP­PETEER POD­CASTS LIVE ON STAGE

Weekend Courier - - Street Watch -

THE Singing Bones pod­caster Clare Te­stoni will per­form a live pod­cast of The Snow Queen fairy­tale at Sto­ries on Stage at Koor­liny Arts Cen­tre.

Te­stoni is a writer, ac­tor, and pup­peteer with a strong in­ter­est in oral sto­ry­telling and the mythic in ev­ery­day life.

She is a keen col­lec­tor of folk tales, ghost sto­ries, and ur­ban leg­ends.

Her pod­cast ex­plores the his­to­ries of folk tales and at­tracts more than 30,000 lis­ten­ers world­wide.

“I’ve al­ways loved folk tales and fairy­tales,” she said.

“My fa­ther ran ghost tours and was very in­ter­ested in folk­lore and my mother grew up on the Ruth Man­ning San­ders fairy­tale col­lec­tions (that I bor­rowed from the li­brary and pored over).

“I love pod­casts, but I found WHAT: Sto­ries on Stage WHEN: May 16 at 7pm WHERE: Koor­liny Arts Cen­tre, Kwinana COST: $15, in­cludes sup­per, and book sales and sign­ings CALL: 9467 7118 the mythol­ogy ones out there were very dis­mis­sive of fairy­tales, not as well re­searched as I like, and re­ally quite sex­ist, some of them.

“So I made some­thing I wanted to hear.”

Te­stoni said ev­ery­one took away a dif­fer­ent story from a fairy­tale.

“To me that is a fairy­tale’s power, much like a work of vis­ual art,” she said.

“Many peo­ple can have a dif­fer­ent re­sponse or re­ac­tion to the same tale.

“I think it’s em­pow­er­ing to con­trol nar­ra­tive like that.

“In fairy­tales, ev­ery­thing has mean­ing, ev­ery­one is po­ten­tially magic; there is so much that is use­ful in that.

“I love go­ing back and look­ing at tales and see­ing how eas­ily they can be read as queer and fem­i­nist and pro­gres­sive; that when you take away the Vic­to­rian in­flu­ence, and the 1950s Dis­ney touches, th­ese sto­ries are not about sweet pretty princesses at all.”

Te­stoni will ex­plore the his­tory of Hans Chris­tian An­der­son’s good-ver­sus-evil The Snow Queen at Sto­ries on Stage and will later record the episode for her pod­cast lis­ten­ers.

She is also per­form­ing in Tale of Tales at the Blue Room Theatre from May 22 to June 9.

Clare Te­stoni is a keen col­lec­tor of folk tales, ghost sto­ries and ur­ban leg­ends.

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