Rooted Storytelling Workshop

Drawing powerful inspiration from our origins, by Raphael Rodan

Saturday 4 May, 18:00 – 19:30

In some fairy tales, they will tell you about a chest of gold that is buried under a tree. What is the secret of this image? If you imagine the storyteller as a tree, you will realise how important his/her roots are to the process of finding stories to tell. They hide knowledge and secrets more precious than gold. For us it raises the question: how can we draw inspiration from our roots and our origins? In this workshop, we will examine this question. Raphael will guide participants through a gentle process, in which they are encouraged to playfully dig under the tree and discover a chest full of meaningful stories.

Practical details

Date and time

Saturday 4 May 2024
18:00 – 19:30 (90 minutes, with a short break)
NOTE: Raphael’s Me And Mr. Jansen storytelling performance is at the same location at 21:00. Watch the master in action! 


Theater aan het Spui
Spui 187, 2511 BN Den Haag

Your profile

The workshop is open to all people (16+ yrs), whether they have experience in storytelling or not. The only requirement is a love for telling a tale and a desire to understand this artform in a more personal way. We encourage everybody to take part from all walks of life. Sign up if you are adventurous, curious, ready to ask questions and fierce enough to find answers!


Workshop tickets here, €25 / participant.
DISCOUNT: if you book the show and the workshop, you can buy the discounted show ticket (Student ticket €18,50).


This workshop will be held at Theater aan het Spui in The Hague. For wheelchair accessibility at this venue, please follow this link for the full information. If you have any concerns about your visit to this workshop or will be visiting using a wheelchair, walker, guide dog etc. please contact Berta Cusso at

Meet Raphael

Raphael Rodan is an award-winning theatre maker and storyteller. His artistic training lasted for over ten years. After graduating drama school, he started taking private lessons with Israeli master of theatre: Hillel Neeman. After that he immersed himself in the Meisner technique at the Actors Temple in London. When Raphael moved to Amsterdam, his work received international recognition, as he played in theatres and festivals all over Europe. Apart from writing and performing, Raphael also teaches storytelling at the Mezrab Storytelling School, together with Sahand Sahebdivani. Since 2018, he and Sahand worked as the artistic directors of the Amsterdam Storytelling Festival. In their role as creative directors, they link the ancient art of storytelling with current topical questions.

About the Performance Me and Mr. Jansen on this evening

The workshop draws from the themes and content of the public performance, Me and Mr. Jansen. We highly recommend those visiting the workshop to see the actual work of the performer in the theatre. Are your roots tingling? Click here to find out more about the performance:

Me and Mr Jansen

STET Education

This event is part of STET Education programming. Since 2013 STET Education offers workshops and performances at schools or in the theatre, and since 2016 we also have open workshops for individuals led by international performers, like this one above. We seek to inspire and engage young people with arts education to help them reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible and international citizens. We highly value the direct contact with teachers, students and audience members. 

For more information and bookings, please get in contact us at
or +31 6 20 43 1919