by Nathalie Azoulai
Tales were offered to the readers and listeners to make them think about good and evil, heroes and villains, fairness and unfairness. Characters were drawn and sent into action to test their will, their virtues and expectations. We already know about this stuff. Since 2004, French playwright Joël Pommerat has been recreating familiar fairy tales like Little Riding Hood, Pinocchio or Cinderella, the latter playing in Paris from June 4th to June 29th. But unlike the Grimm Brothers or Charles Perrault, Pommerat chose to retell the tale by adding a secret oath between her dying mother and Cinderella. A secret on which depends her long and lasting sufferings as if Pommerat had to fill a blank that turns out to be the beating heart of the whole story. And this is what tale telling is all about: filling the blanks.