Me and Mr Jansen
By Raphael Rodan and Titus Tiel Groenestege
Me and Mr. Jansen is an engaging solo storytelling show that invites the audience to venture beyond concepts such as “right” and “wrong”. Who plays innocent, and who wears the traitor’s costume? Can we even choose which roles we play or are we nothing but figures trapped in the wheel of history, endlessly repeating our parts?
It all started when the storyteller stumbled upon a black and white picture of a razzia in 1943. In the image, he recognised his current home in the centre of Amsterdam. An older couple was being pulled out of the building by men in white coats, officers of the SS. What must a storyteller do when faced with such a story? He peels the layers off the past, waking up sleeping ghosts, like the Dutch barber who used to live on the ground floor, Mr. Jansen. Inquiring him about forgotten secrets, distant memories of buried sins.
Performed by: Raphael Rodan
Written by: Raphael Rodan and Titus Tiel Groenestege
Directed by: Titus Tiel Groenestege
Writing advice: Sahand Sahebdivani
Production: Storytelling Centre