Auto & General Theatre on the Square, Nelson Mandela Square
Coming Soon From Koe'Siestes to Kneidlach from Tuesday, 28 February to Saturday, 18 March 2017. This one-woman piece shows 'Chantal', a girl from the Cape Flats, navigating a world of new Jewish experiences.
This is the totally bizarre, completely hilarious, strangely moving and absolutely true story of what happened when a brownish girl from the Cape Flats got involved with a Jew-ish boy from Joburg’s East Rand!
This one-woman piece shows ‘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.