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 ****)
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.
“In my country they were killing us! In my country they were hunting us down like dogs!”
“No. We’re actually going to take this story right here. To Europe. To the land of freedom, civilization. To the place where people can say whatever they think. Culture, Education, Philosophy…”
About the artists
Iman Spaargarenmusician, composer
Guillermo Celanomusician, composer