Join Teller and Tradition bearer Shonaleigh for a unique, immersive weekend of storytelling to experience a living, unbroken oral tradition. The Druts’yla tradition has been passed down from Grandmother to Granddaughter by generations of Jewish women. Around 4000 tales are held within the mind and recalled on request, using the[…]
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th April 2017 Storytelling Mini Festival with Shonaleigh and The Ruby Tree Hosted by The Bleddfa Centre This electrifying storyteller returns to Bleddfa for a weekend mini-festival of wonderful tales. Shonaleigh holds thousands of stories from the Jewish tradition in her head, and can […]
The drut’syla tradition was/is (as far as we know) a formerly quite widespread storytelling tradition among Jewish women in the Netherlands and northern Europe. It comprises a large number of intricately interlinked story cycles, along with an interpretative method for recalling and understanding them. All this was taught without writing […]
Yiddish tales with Shonaleigh From the remote Scottish Highlands to the town squares of Aleppo, the villages of Jordan to the gardens of Iran, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival unites storytellers from a rich variety of backgrounds and cultures. One such storyteller is Shonaleigh, a drut’syla from the Yiddish tradition. […]
The Ruby Tree – told by Shonaleigh A King and his Queen long for a child. There is only one way to fulfil this wish: the King must pluck a fruit from the strange and wonderful Ruby Tree, planted by Elijah himself and guarded by a shape-shifting witch. This haunting […]
Friday 26th September at the Stubbing Wharf. 7.30pm for a prompt 8.00pm start. Entrance £7. On this the 20th anniversary of the club, we are delighted to have with us once again the inimitable Shonaleigh, performing The Ruby Tree. This haunting tale has been preserved in Jewish tradition for centuries, […]
After the award-winning success of last year, Philosophy Garden is back at The Warren on Sunday 11 May with three wonderful Storytelling events for Kids and Adults, as part of this year’s Brighton Fringe Festival. Sunday 11 May, 6-8pm, Shonaleigh Cumbers tells ‘The Ruby Tree‘ This will be a real […]
Join Teller and Tradition bearer Shonaleigh for a unique, immersive weekend of storytelling to experience a living, unbroken oral tradition. The Druts’yla tradition has been passed down from Grandmother to Granddaughter by generations of Jewish women. Around 4000 tales are held within the mind and recalled on request, using the […]
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The first story Shonaleigh told in the Ruby Tree at her telling in Haworth 2015.
Shonaleigh talks about the drut’syla tradition as an introduction to a telling of the Ruby Tree at Haworth in 2015.
Thanks to Adam Sargant’s project to make a crowd-funded DVD documentary about drut’syla storytelling – working title The Last Drut’syla? – Shonaleigh now has a presence on Soundcloud. Here she is, telling the story of Ruth and the Wind, part of the Ruby Tree cycle, and explaining a bit about the background […]
A Centuries-old tale will be told by the last storyteller of her kind in Haworth this month. Shonaleigh Cumbers will relate the story of the Ruby Tree during an event organised by the Worth Valley Storytelling Guild. Jewish yarn-spinner Shonaleigh will be the guest at a special edition of the […]
The forgotten story of the sixteen thousand who refused to kill Out of the Silence is a storytelling performance by Simon Heywood and Shonaleigh Cumbers, drawing on first hand accounts of the lives of the conscientious objectors of the First World War and bringing their experiences to life in a […]
Extra Special Guest Night this Thursday 15 May: Shonaleigh tells ‘The Ruby Tree’ A King and his Queen long for a child. There is only one way to fulfil this wish: the King must pluck a fruit from the strange and wonderful Ruby Tree, planted by Elijah himself and […]