Tellers, Tales and Tradition (TTT)

Online version Tellers, Tales and Tradition

As long as neccessary, TTT will take place online. See program on the right. You can buy your tickets via the ticket link in the agenda. 


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




ending times are approximately!


Day 1                  

19.00 – 22.00 telling, questions afterwards 

Day 2        

19.00 – 20.30 telling
21.00 - 22.00 public performance, questions afterwards 

Day 3                

19.00 – 22.00 telling, questions afterwards 


You can choose to participate all three evenings including the public performance (€49,-) or you can only visit the public performance (€7,-). Visit agenda for dates and tickets.



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.



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




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