- City Centre
- Best of Fringe
- future of masculinity
- in love and war
My Father Held A Gun is a passionate storytelling show about war and peace. About fathers and grandfathers who fought for what they believed in. About death and the love for life. About acts of heroism. And above all: about the question how to relate to all this as the son of your father?
Sahebdivani and Rodan combine a great sense of humour with the urge to tell sincere and meaningful stories. They take their audience on a trip through space and time.
“When they start telling a story, the audience is listening so quietly that you could hear a pin drop” (Theaterkrant ****)
“Outstanding Show … This production is engaging, beautiful, painful, political, amusing, abusing, confusing, and amazing” (Luke Tudball, FringeReview)
“A stunningly simple yet immersing and thoughtful performance” (Natasia Patel, BroadwayBaby ****)
“It’s massively compelling” (Mike Aiken, The Brighton Source)
“The play closes with an emphatic ending that leaves you with a feeling of realisation, as though a blindfold has suddenly been removed from your eye” (Louise Maloney, Voicemag ****)
“Musical accompaniment from Guillermo Celano and Iman Spaargaren is evocative, and adds to the dramatic power of the show. Vasile Nedelcu’s direction is also good, and it’s no surprise the production was a gold award winner at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival” (Roz Scott, Fringe Guru ****)
Storytellers Sahand Sahebdivani (Storyteller of the year 2014) and Raphael Rodan are close friends who come from enemy countries: Iran and Israel. In My Father Held a Gun they decide to confront their past, being the sons of men who lived through wars and revolutions. Do they measure up to the examples that were set by those who came before them? They realize that if life had taken a slightly different direction their fathers would have been aiming their guns at each other. How will this realization effect their friendship?
Sahebdivani and Rodan toured Europe with the successful storytelling show Kingdom of Fire and Clay, in which they dived into the lives of their mothers and their animosity as an Israeli and an Iranian. For My Father Held A Gun they are joined by musical wizards Iman Spaargaren (clarinet, saxophone) and Guillermo Celano (guitar, loops and effects). Spaargaren and Celano present an interactive, cinematic music score that intensifies the stories of war and peace.
About the artists
Iman Spaargarenmusician, composer
Guillermo Celanomusician, composer