Tales of the Moon, by Philippe Soldevila
[Translated from Conte de la lune]
Nothing is impossible when you believe in your dreams: a hairbrush can become a ferocious dog, and you can even get the moon to come down into your bedroom. A diary found in an abandoned suitcase carries us back to the 1940s, to a little Catalan village in the heart of Spain. Joan Casesnoves-Durante is ten years old. The war that has torn his country apart is finally over, and after an absence of five years, his father at last returns home. Joan’s wild imagination helps him to survive not only the absence of a father imprisoned by Franco's fascists but also the disappearance of his dog – and the fact that he's rotten at math! Years later, his luggage still holds the diary that tells of the Spanish Moon, of lemon trees, and of long forgotten days. Inspired by the short stories of Pere Calders as well as the life story of the playwright's own father.
Cast size: 1F/2M
The original French-language production was the recipient of numerous prizes in Quebec and New Brunswick, including the Masque Award for the best children's theatre production in the province of Quebec (2006)
The English-language version premiered at the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, 2011). Directed by Philippe Soldevila: produced by Théâtre des Confettis. Translated at the Glassco Translation Residency (Tadoussac, QC).
“...offers us a touching fable that goes straight to the heart of father-son relations and a play that is sure to enchant children.”
– Le Droit
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Written and directed by Philippe Soldevila. Set and costumes by Luc Rondeau and Erica Schmitz; lighting by Christian Fontaine. Photography by Louise Leblanc. Produced by Théâtre les Confettis at the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, 2011).