TALES THE COUNTESS TOLD by Stephen Wyatt
An imaginative stage treatment of the amazing life and enchanting fairy tales of the Countesd d’Aulnoy “the most famous French writer of fairy tales about Perrault.” Exiled by Louis XIV to the country, the Countess entertains a neighbouring newly married young woman with revelations about her life and dramatisations of her most famous stories. But her visitor starts drawing unexpected conclusions for her own life from what the Countess tells her.
The Countess is a strong part for a middle-aged actress, intelligent, mischievous and wise. Louise is younger and shyer but reveals herself as possessing a strong will of her own. The characters in the fairy stories offer a rich range of parts from beautiful princesses to evil dwarfs and enchanted serrpents. They could either be played by a small company of actors doubling and trebling or cast more widely to offer opportunities not just for adults but also young people.