Haroun goes on an adventure to save his dad Rashid. He is a professional storyteller, but his story source has dried up completely. He almost dies with grief, after mama Soraya left and moved in with neighbor Buurmans.

Salman Rushdie wrote Haroun and the sea of stories to redeem a promise to his son. He found Dad's work terribly boring. For Rushdie it was his first book after the fatwa because of his novel De Duivelsverzen. Haroun is a plea for the power of imagination when we no longer see a way out. About how we should dare to let go and trust our children - literally or not - even when our major human problems seem insurmountable. Sara Vertongen edited the text, interviewed children and parents, and cast it in a special form, with a good deal of slam poetry, spoken word and rap. Parents and children say goodbye to each other at the start of the performance. Haroun (Matthias of the roar) takes the children to his world full of water spirits, hop birds and princesses who must be saved. The parents go to the theater, where Rashid (Jorre Vandenbussche) is waiting for them. Then the whole family comes together again, but they listen to headphones and listen to a different text and soundscape.

Haroun is a fully-fledged show for large and small people. And nothing as exciting as having a secret for mom and dad, right?

Sara Vertongen
Jorre Vandenbussche & Khalid Koujili
Gasper Piano
Martine Manten en Els Theunis
Kishan Singh, Victor thys, Andreas Ketels en Berne Dries
Tom Buys en Stefan De Reese
Het Nieuwstedelijk
With the support of
Gallop tax Shelter
February 10, 2018