The kingdom of fire and clay and when abel met cain


When Abel met Cain - maart 2015
With Raphael Rodan (Israel), Sahand Sahebdivani (Iran), Bas Kisjes (bassist -Nederland), Anastasis Sarakatsanos ( Kanun and piano – Griekenland)

.... A meeting of worlds that are not supposed to meet....


5 March 20.30 – Kingdom of Fire and Clay
6 March 20.30 – When Abel meets Cain
7 March 20.30 – Kingdom of Fire and Clay


Het Paradijs - Koninklijke Schouwburg
Korte Voorhout 3
2511 CW The Hague

How to get there...


Full Price € 22,50
Studenten/CJP € 10,00 (maximaal 20)
Under 26 € 15,00

T 06 300 500 18


7 March 2015 13.00-17.00
Storytelling workshop for reconciliation and peace

>> Trailer <<
workshop by Raphael Rodan
Our lives are made of stories. The stories of our parents, of our country and of our nation define us and form our identity...
Costs: 7,5 euro / participant


The Kingdom of Fire and Clay (5 and 7 March)

Two young artists meet. One an Israeli, the other an Iranian. Sworn enemies, or possible best friends?After performing two separate but highly successful shows at the International Storytelling Festival Amsterdam, they decide to combine forces and make a show that dives into their pasts, their cultures and the source of their countries' enmity. Kingdom of Fire and Clay combines classical Jewish and Iranian tales, as well as the personal stories of Raphael and Sahand. Words are mixed with music, friction with moments of intimacy.

This production was performed both in Britain and in the Netherlands to sold out audiences. Lately it was shown in Tel Aviv. (10-12 October 2014)

For an interview with Sahand about this show and a trailer follow this link..

When Abel met Cain.. (6 March)

This show is a combination of biographical stories from Raphael’s life, born in the ancient land of Galilee and the biblical myth of the first murder combined with a surreal medieval tale on war and heroism. Woven together with songs and music from Israel, Greece and the Mediterraneum it reveals the side of us that is capable of hurting other human beings deeply. Using their voices and musical instruments Raphael and Anastasis explore the path within us that is free from ideas of right and wrong. The place where healing can begin.

This production was highly successfully performed both in Britain and in the Netherlands.

The performers:

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.

Anastasios Sarakatsanos (composer/musician) was born in Athens, Greece. He uses music as a means of communication with the audience and is very interested in its visual aspects, hence his special love for theatre and film music. He graduated from the Music School of Athens, studied Folk and Traditional Music in Greece and has lived in the UK since 2005. He completed his Masters in Film Music Composition at the University of Sussex followed by a PhD in Composition at the Royal Holloway University of London. He works as a theatre and film musician, performer, composer and trainer. He performed on kanun and piano with the London Sinfonietta at the Athens Concert Hall and the National Symphony Orchestra of Greece amongst others.


The Municipality of the Hague (The Hague Bridge) to support the workshop
The Persian Dutch network for media support