The Mouse with the Long Tail

An Italian fairy tale told for adults: loathing turns to longing, and thence to love

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An Italian folk tale, a variant of the widespread the animal bridegroom motif. My telling is based on the version found in Italian Folktales (Italo Calvino, 1956).

The recording was made at the halbNeun Theater in 2019, where I had the pleasure of being accompanied by fellow storyteller and harper Peter Wucherpfennig. Too good an opportunity to miss, this recording follows the tale with Peter’s wonderful music.


The video clips here are all amateur quality, shot in various theatres.

Their intention is just to show the range of my storytelling and give a flavour of a live performance.

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