Cross-culture comedy returns to Sandton

From Koe'siestes to Kneidlach - Cape Malay Koe'siestes
From Koe’siestes to Kneidlach – Cape Malay Koe’siestes

Daphne Kuhn and Kizara Kreative present From Koe’siestes to Kneidlach at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square, Sandton, from 12 to 23 June.

Written by and starring Chantal Stanfield, directed by Megan Furniss From Koe’siestes to Kneidlach returns for a limited run after a sold-out season last year, as well at the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town. This is the totally bizarre, completely hilarious, absolutely true and moving story of a brown-ish girl from the Cape Flats who gets involved with a Jew-ish boy from Joburg’s East Rand.

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From Koe'siestes to Kneidlach
From Koe’siestes to Kneidlach

Chantal Stanfield shares her mostly accurate personal story of what happened to her as she entered the strange world of Jewish Joburg – where she has to navigate meeting the boyfriend’s family at her first shabbos; to late-night benching (no, not the gym kind); and the strange and sacred spaces of shandes (scandals) and shul. She wrestles with confusion over her identity and the various labels placed on her while trying to understand Yiddish (oy gevalt!), gefilte fish and decades-old faribels! She deals with the panic of what to wear to a bris (ritual circumcision of a week-old boy baby) and being questioned about her afro hair.

This uniquely South African tale reveals the first-hand experiences of being a Goy (a Yiddish word to describe a non-Jew), and a ‘Coloured’ one at that, in the tight-knit Jewish community of Joburg. Chantal tries to get to grips with a culture and heritage that is so vastly different to her own – but ironically often surprisingly similar. Along the way we meet the omnipresent voice of her mother, her gay best friend and even her first Rabbi!

Chantal Stanfield in From Koe'siestes to Kneidlach, Pic by Olivia Mortimer.
Chantal Stanfield in From Koe’siestes to Kneidlach, Pic by Olivia Mortimer.

From Koe’siestes to Kneidlach is an uplifting theatrical treat that embraces diversity with warmth and humour. The production runs from 12 – 23 June at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square. There will be 6 performances a week – Tuesdays to Fridays at 8.15pm and two shows on Saturdays at 6pm and 8.15pm. Enquire about dinner show specials and group discounts. Call the theatre on 011 883 8606 or book online: or tel. the call centre: 0861 915 8000

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