My father held a gun


an intimate performance about fathers in the eyes of their sons

my father

Storytellers Raphael Rodan and Sahand Sahebdivani are close friends that come from enemy countries, Iran and Israel. In My Father Held a Gun they decide to confront their past, being the sons of men who lived through wars and revolutions. Do they measure up to the examples that were set by those who came before them? They realize that if life had taken a slightly different direction their fathers would have been aiming their guns at each other. How will this realization effect their friendship? Click here for a Dutch review

Raphael and Sahand toured Europe with the successful Kingdom of Fire and Clay, which dived into the lives of their mothers and their animosity as an Israeli and an Iranian. For this show they are joined by musical wizards Iman Spaargaren and Guillermo Celano.


Saturday13 May 201720.30Zaal3 
Sunday14 May 201720.30Zaal3 

Zaal3 - Theater aan het Spui
NOTE De Constant Rebecqueplein 20-A, 2518 RA Den Haag 
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The show is 60 minutes long, without an interval

€ 19,50 Full Price
€ 14,50 Young Ticket / CJP and Student
Discounts for group bookings available - contact STET (
You can book your individual tickets online in the STET Ticketshop
LAMIDISC tickets on the day for students @ € 3,00 - send an email to 

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Raphael Rodan (actor/storyteller)
Born in Israel, his artistic quest leads into the shadow of our inner self. His performances bring awareness to our inner beast, the one that rises from our depths in cases of conflict and leads us into a field of separation, hatred and war. Raphael graduated in 2008 from the School of Speech and Drama in Harduf, Israel, and then continues for another two years to study at the School of International Storytelling in Sussex, UK. In Israel he directed young Arab and Jewish actors, using theatre as a bridge of communication. Since he moved to the UK he has been running storytelling workshops and doing performances all over Europe. Recently he moved to The Netherlands where he now works regularly with Sahand Sahebdivani from Iran. Raphael also founded “Jiser El Adam”, an international storytelling project for peace, located in Galilee, Israel (

Sahand Sahebdivani (storyteller) was born in Tehran in 1980 to a family of impoverished nobility, generals, opium smuggles and mystics. He escaped the Ayatollahs at the age of three when his family fled to Amsterdam. Like all good Iranian parents his own wanted him to become a doctor. He surprised his parents and probably saved the lives of future patients by becoming a storyteller instead. For the past decade he runs the most popular storytelling center of the Netherlands, hosting nights in Dutch and English. The Dutch storytelling society nominated him national storyteller of the year in 2012 and 2013. Since 2012 he's started taking his energetic style of storytelling to international stages, performing in the UK, Germany, Hungary and Turkey. Sahand runs a centre for storytelling and other arts in Amsterdam.

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