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. Turning to him to inquire about forgotten secrets, distant memories of buried sins.

Dates, Venues & Tickets

Theater aan het Spui
Spui 187, 2511 BN Den Haag

4 May 2024 I 18:00 Rooted Storytelling Workshop
4 May 2024 | 21:00 Me and Mr Jansen performance (Dutch Sign Language interpreter present)

Running time

65 Minutes

Ticket prices

Adults: €24
Student /CJP /Under 16/ Guide: €18,50

Recommended age 14+


Theater aan het Spui has an adapted chair for wheelchair users, which can be removed if you’d prefer to sit in your own wheelchair, as well as space for a friend if you contact them in advance. They have an adapted toilet that can accommodate wheelchair users. There is a parking garage near Theater aan het Spui with a number of adapted parking spaces. For more information see here.

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

Rooted Storytelling Workshop

Drawing powerful inspiration from our origins, by Raphael Rodan
Saturday 4 May, 18:00 – 19:30
Theater aan het Spui
More information here I Tickets here

Raphael will guide participants through a gentle process, in which they are encouraged to playfully dig under the surface and discover a chest full of meaningful stories. The workshop is open to all people (16+ yrs), whether they have experience in storytelling or not. Sign up if you are adventurous, curious, ready to ask questions and fierce enough to find answers!

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