vrijdag 22 november

Me and Mr Jansen

Raphael Rodan


In his solo performance 'Me and Mr. Jansen' master storyteller Raphael Rodan takes the audience in a story that goes beyond “good” and “evil”.

One day Raphael Rodan comes across a black and white photo from 1943. In the photo he recognizes his house, in the heart of Amsterdam. He also sees in the photo how an old couple is dragged out of the house by men in what appear to be white coats. They turn out to be SS officers and the image in the photo is an image of a raid.

Is there such a thing as innocence and can we choose for ourselves which role we take on in a narrative? Does a person learn from history or are we doomed to repeat our mistakes? What lessons can we learn from history? As Raphael delves deeper into the past, he comes across Mr. Jones; a hairdresser who lived on the ground floor at the time. He decides to talk to him about forgotten secrets, distant memories and forgotten sins.

After the great success 'Donkey's Jaw', Raphael once again joins forces with comedian, actor, director and theater maker Titus Tiel Groenstege. Together they make 'Me and Mr. Jansen' into a piece that transcends both theater and storytelling.

Raphael Rodan (1980, Jerusalem, Israel) Raphael is an award-winning theatre maker and storyteller. Since moving to Amsterdam, he has created a few hit storytelling shows like: the winner of Amsterdam fringe 2017 My Father Held a Gun, about the nature of war. His work has received international recognition, playing in theatres and festivals all over Europe. Apart from writing and performing, Raphael also teaches storytelling, In 2014, together with Farnoosh Farnia and Sahand Sahebdivani, he created The Mezrab Storytelling School. Since 2018 he has been working as the Artistic Director of the Amsterdam Storytelling Festival together with Sahebdivani. The vision of the festival is to link the ancient art of storytelling with today’s most burning questions.

Titus Tiel Groenestege (1959, Angerlo, The Netherlands) Titus’ career as an actor and director stretches over 4 decades. Among the many awards and highlights of his work, one might mention False Waltz, which he created together with Ria Marks. False Waltz is a trilogy depicting the life of a couple through the three stages of their life: love, marriage, and old age. This highly acclaimed and successful production was played all over the world and was made into a movie, nominated for an Emmy Award in 2007. Although still active as an actor, Titus Tiel Groenestege has lately been mainly known as a director. Drawing from the diversity of his own acting experiences, his field of work covers theatre, cabaret, slapstick, music theatre, bands, classical orchestras, dance and movement theatre.


Performed by: Raphael Rodan
Written by: Raphael Rodan and Titus Tiel Groenestege
Directed by: Titus Tiel Groenestege
Writing advice: Sahand Sahebdivani
Production: Storytelling Centre
Photographer: Alborz Sahebdivani


VVK €10,00/€15,00
ADD €17,50

vrijdag 22 november
20:15 uur
all languages
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