Tuesday, October 23, 2012

McKenna The Wasp Treatment: Italo Calvino’s Marcovaldo tales at the Swiss Italian Festa. 4 November 2012


The Wasp Treatment: Italo Calvino’s Marcovaldo tales at the Swiss Italian Festa

I will be performing at the Swiss Italian Festa on 4 November in Daylesford, performing three of Italo Calvino’s exquisite Marcovaldo tales. The stories take place in a very poor industrial city in northern Italy in the early 1950s, the Italy of neo-realistic movies.

I enjoyed the Calvino stories … the gusto, vitality, bravado, spirit, passion that you brought to them, and admired the way you could also offer a certain restraint that allowed the ironic humor to prevail ... each story’s ending was nicely allowed to hang in the air, and your transitional “stage business” worked well to bridge the stories. Your show was a wonderful treat, and memorable. – Daylesford Words in Winter Festival 

“Calvino is surely among the handful of living writers that can be called, without hesitation, great … in the spinning of his simple, magical stories we are captured, delighted, informed, horrified, reprimanded and rewarded; we are afraid and we are given hope. Calvino’s only subject is the world and how we may live in it…” San Francisco Chronicle.

Daylesford-based storyteller and past president of the Swiss and Italian Festa (1995 – 2001), Anne E Stewart, will also wind her way through 20 years of of Swiss and Italian Festa history. Anne will tell of her involvement, including a visit by internationally renowned author / illustrator Tomie DePaola as well as recount some of Tomie’s classic folktales.

Sunday 4 November
2pm – 4pm


$15 (performance only)
$39 for High Tea available from midday until 4pm – includes home made scones, dainty finger sandwiches and petit fours, plus freshly brewed tea & coffee.
Bookings Essential
T: 5348 2271
Or in person at Grange Bellinzona

Grange Bellinzona
77 Main Road, Hepburn Springs
T: 5348 2271 (Grange Bellinzona)
T: 0447 697 997 (Event Information)

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