FROM KOE’SIESTES TO KNEIDLACH

The Baxter Theatre Centre and Kizara Kreative in association with Daphne Kuhn and A&G Theatre on the Square presents…

FROM KOE’SIESTES TO KNEIDLACH

The bizarre, comedic and true story of what happens when a girl from the Cape Flats gets involved with a Jew-ish boy from Joburg’s East Rand!

This one-woman piece sees ‘Chantal’, a girl from the Cape Flats, navigating a world of new Jewish experiences, from meeting the boyfriend’s family at her first shabbos ever to late-night benching (no, not the gym kind)! She wrestles with confusion over her identity and the various labels that are placed on her while trying to understand Yiddish (oy vey!), gefilte fish and decades-old faribels! She deals with the confusion over what to wear to a bris (ritual circumcision of infant boy) and being questioned about her afro hair.

This uniquely South African tale reveals first-hands experiences of being a Goy (a Yiddish word used by some Jews to describe a non-Jew), and a so-called ‘Coloured’ one at that. ‘Chantal’ tries to get to grips with a culture and heritage that is so vastly different to her own but sometimes surprisingly similar. Along the way we meet the omnipresent voice of her mother, her gay best friend and her first Rabbi, among others.

From Koe’siestes To Kneidlach had an incredibly successful premiere season earlier in 2017 at the Auto&General Theatre on the Square, Johannesburg, as a co-production between Daphne Kuhn and Kizara Kreative. Public demand brought it back to that theatre and other venues numerous times for once-off performances. The team is thrilled and excited to showcase this ‘kosher comedy’ to a Cape Town audience this festive season at the renowned Baxter Theatre celebrating its 40th year!

Written and performed by Chantal Stanfield with direction by Megan Furniss. Show music by Paul Choritz with pre-show music compiled by RJ Benjamin. Lighting design by Megan Furniss and Alfred Rietmann.

Here’s what some reviewers had to say…

“[Stanfield is] an engaging and vivacious actress… Her writing is sharp, funny and spot on, as she describes the comments and re-enacts the situations and scrapes that come with a cross-cultural relationship…” – Lesley Stones, The Daily Maverick

“to hold the attention of an audience as a solo performer for an hour is no mean feat … Adroitly directed by Megan Furniss… a fun night out and an entertaining theatrical diversion.” – Peter Feldman, Jewish Report

“…the narrative is so beautifully written that Stanfield has little trouble feeding the imagination of the audience.” – Debashine Thangevelo, The Star

“…her first person narrative in this true story [is] alternatively funny, deeply empathetic and critical… a joy from beginning to end.” – Robyn Sassen, My View

Stanfield’s use of language is consistently clever, mixing plain conversational English with the mixed patois of the Flats and the rich Yiddish lingo… The situations she describes are very easy to relate to… – Bruce Dennill

The journey between these two cultures, experiences and backgrounds is best illustrated in the metaphoric title From Koe’siestes to Kneidlach.

Koe’siestes: Soft, sticky Cape Malay doughnuts, lightly spiced with aniseed and cinnamon, dipped in syrup and covered with desiccated coconut.

Kneidlach: Jewish soup dumplings made of matzah meal, eggs, water and fat, traditionally served in chicken soup and a staple on Passover. Also known as matzah balls.

Please note that there will be no performances on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Age Restriction: Strictly no under 13’s (unless prearranged with Kizara Kreative).

19 Dec - 6 Jan

Starts: 8:15 pm

Additional Performances:
23 Dec - 4:30 pm
31 Dec - 10:00 pm

Comedy / Golden Arrow Studio

The bizarre, comedic and true story of what happens when a girl from the Cape Flats gets involved with a Jew-ish boy from Joburg’s East Rand! Written and performed by Chantal Stanfield with direction by Megan Furniss. Show music by Paul Choritz with pre-show music compiled by RJ Benjamin.

Prices

Wed - Sat R140
Tues R100
Previews R80
New Years Eve R250