The Book Revue invites you to an evening of theatre. Join us for a glass of wine before the show and meet the actor and the director afterwards for a Q and A.

This is the totally bizarre, completely hilarious, strangely moving and 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.

Chantal Stanfield shares her mostly accurate personal story of what happened to her – a girl from the Cape Flats – and how she entered the strange world of Jewish Joburg, where she had to navigate meeting the boyfriend’s family at her first Shabbos ever, and the strange and secret spaces of shul and shandes (scandals). She wrestles with confusion over her identity, and the various labels that are placed on her whilst trying to understand Yiddish (oy gevalt!), gefilte fish and decades-old faribels!

This uniquely South African tale reveals the first-hand experiences of being a Goy (a Yiddish word used by some Jews to describe a non-Jew), and a ‘coloured’ one at that in the tiny, tight Jewish community of Joburg. 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 even her first Rabbi.

The Book Revue - From Koe’siestes To Kneidlach

3 MARCH 2017
Venue: Theatre on the Square, Sandton