Italo Calvino: Baron in the Trees
My daughter’s all time favourite author Italo Calvino’s work Baron in the Trees is to be presented at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle from the 15th to the 18th of April.
Voltaire’s Candide, a seminal French novel, was Calvino’s inspiration for his neo-realistic novel Baron in the Trees.
Baron in the Trees was published in the collection Our Ancestors along with two other novels; The Cloven Viscount and The Non-Existent Knight. “What these three stories have in common is the fact that they had a very simple, very obvious image or situation as their point of departure: a man sliced in half, the two halves of whom continue living on their own; a boy who climbs up into the trees and refuses to come down, and ends by spending the rest of his life there; and an empty suite of armour that persuades itself it is a man and carries on through its own will-power.” (from the introduction of Our Ancestors by Italo Calvino).
The Hunter Drama Group will portray “the adventures of Cosimo who climbs up a tree to spend the rest of his life inhabiting an arboreal kingdom. At age twelve, Cosimo, the future baron of the beautiful district of Ombrosa, escapes his bizarre family of nobles to live in the tree tops. He vows never to set foot on the ground again, he keeps his word and spends his days up in his palace of greenery, fighting pirates, befriending famous brigands and thieves and falling in love with the intriguing Viola.
The legend of the man in the trees and all the vibrant characters that cross his path is filled with excitement and adventure. Described as a conte philosophique and as a metaphor for independence, this is a simple tale that we can all connect with.” (Civic Playhouse , Newcastle)
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