Teller, Tales and Tradition


Bring the tradition home...

The Drut’syla tradition is rooted in The Netherlands. Shonaleigh Cumbers wants to bring the tradition home. One of the cycles that Shonaleigh was taught by her grandmother is the Menassah Cycle. It originates around the year 1600 from the region of Apeldoorn, which is very close to Zwolle. The cycle contains hundreds of stories that belong to the Jewish heritage in the Netherlands. As they are barely known in The Netherlands, Teller Tales and Tradition is a magnificent chance to get to know this oral tradition that flourished during a vast amount of years in the ‘Low Countries’. Production House The Storyboat offers the complete cycles of the Drut’syla tradition to audiences in and around The Netherlands in weekend sessions every spring and fall in the city of Zwolle. 


Agenda next TTT-weekends in Zwolle NL.  

The weekend: 

The weekend is held in English and starts friday evening 7.30 pm. It ends after lunch on sunday, approximately 2pm. There will be lots of cushions, coffee, tea and treats and vegetarian meals. The group consists of max 16 participants. As was the custom in oral storytelling for centuries, listeners get the opportunity to ask questions and interfere in the story. Shonaleigh starts at a certain point weaving the fabric of the story and the audience leads the way through the labyrinth. 




Accommodation options (the storytelling venue is in the centre of the city of Zwolle)







19.30 – 21.00, telling, appetizers included 


10.00 - 10.30 walk in with coffee and tea
10.30 - 16.30 telling, ilunch break included
17.30 - 18.30 diner
19.30 - 21.30 public performance with extra audience 


10.00 - 10.30 walk in with coffee and tea
10.30 - 14.00 telling, including lunch 
14.00 - hugs and goodbye



Joods-Nederlandse verteltraditie en de verhalen thuisbrengen

De Drut’syla traditie wortelt in Nederland. Shonaleigh woont in Engeland en ze wil deze traditie graag ‘thuis brengen’. Eén van de twaalf verhalencycli die Shonaleigh van haar grootmoeder heeft overgedragen gekregen, is de Menassah cyclus. Deze cyclus van verhalen is rond het jaar 1600 ontstaan rond Apeldoorn. De cyclus bevat honderden verhalen die tot het joods-Nederlandse erfgoed behoren. Ze wortelen in het Nederlandse landschap en de joods-Nederlandse cultuur. In vier jaar tijd, bij het wisselen van de seizoenen, wil Productiehuis De Verhalenboot in Zwolle acht weekenden van Teller, Tales and Tradition organiseren, om zo de complete, oorspronkelijk Nederlandse, Menassah cyclus aan het Nederlandse publiek aan te bieden.

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