Sons of Abraham
BRAND NEW show from the makers of My Father Held a Gun
By Raphael Rodan and Sahand Sahebdivani
Directed by Tom Radcliffe
‘When you love someone so much – you’d rather kill them than leave them’
Two Kurdish brothers Adil and Sami(r) do their last night shift as cleaners of a brothel in the Red-light District. They are about to return to Iraq, to give a dignified farewell to their recently deceased mother. But they have not been honest to each other about their plans…
5 years of living illegally have changed the brothers. Sami aspires to Western life in its full glory, especially the free thinking. Adil misses the collective sense of life from his home country and has increasingly returned to his religious roots.
While the brothers are cleaning and discussing the impending departure, we go back in time. They tell stories about their flight, discuss Western values, Eastern standards, exclusion, assimilation and wrestle with the immense internal conflict that both brothers experience. Like in many biblical stories, they are tied together by their brotherhood, but is it enough to keep them together…?
In Sons of Abraham nothing is what it seems at first glance
Sons of Abraham will premiere on September, 16 in Theater Bellevue in Amsterdam.
Sahand and Raphael have been working together for many years. They have a strong connection as friends and artistic partners and that brings their performances to the next level of sincerity.
Sahand and Raphael both drew on their early lives to develop Sons of Abraham. Raphael Rodan grew up in Galilee in Israel. Since his childhood, he was surrounded by stories demonizing “the Other”: all these stories put people in “boxes” and Raphael constantly wanted to rebel against it. Sahand Sahebdivani fled from Iran as a child during the Iran-Iraq war. The experience of him and his family being refugees provided the basis for many of Sahand’s artistic works.
Tom Radcliffe completes the team with his own experience when he lived for over 18 months in The Jungle (refugee camp in Calais, France). In The Jungle he helped to build a vibrant community with people from all over the world. Together they turned a miserable tent camp into a more hospitable location, until it burned to the ground during evictions by the French government.