Tellers, Tales and Tradition (TTT)


Bring the tradition home...

Shonaleigh is one of Europe’s leading storytellers. Having learned the Drut’syla tradition from the age of four, she carries thousands of oral stories from the Jewish tradition and shares their magic, mystery and wisdom with audiences around the world. She is a living tradition holder. “You hear people talking about the storytelling revival, but in Jewish culture it never died. I lived and breathed the tales during my childhood, unaware that this was anything unusual.”

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 Home Town of Production House The Story Boat. The cycle contains hundreds of stories that belong to the Jewish heritage in the Netherlands. As they are barely known in The Netherlands, Tellers, 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 three day sessions every spring and fall in the city of Zwolle. 


Agenda next TTT-weekends in Zwolle NL.   

More info about Shonaleigh and the Drut'syla tradition




Two days of storytelling, larded with break out sessions, chats and talks about the tradition and the stories and where they lead us. On day 1 there is the opportunity to have an informal Q & A over a joint dinner at your own costs. The group consists of max 16 participants. 


Venue address: Burgemeester Drijbersingel 25 Zwolle


Day 1

10.00 - 10.30 walk in with coffee and tea

10.30 - 16.30 telling, lunch break included

17.00 - 20.00 optional: informal Q&A over a joint dinner (own costs)

Day 2

10.00 - 10.30 walk in with coffee and tea

10.30 - 16.30 telling, lunch break included
16.30 hugs & goodbye


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