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The Last 15 Seconds

The Last 15 Seconds

The Last 15 Seconds was surely a milestone for MT Space - the co-created production toured Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon and more, picking up critical acclaim and praise for its novel theatricality and visionary storytelling. 

This November 27th, 2018, MT Space will bring The Last 15 Seconds back to Kitchener-Waterloo for the first time in over five years as part of a fundraiser for our 2018 - 2019 season. We hope you'll join us!

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About the Show

This project explores the topic of terrorism starting with the tragic death of Syrian-American filmmaker Mustapha Akkad and his daughter Rima during a series of co-ordinated attacks that hit three prominent hotels in the Jordanian capital Amman in 2005. Akkad is the director of two major films both starring Anthony Quinn, The Message: the Story of Islam (1976) and Lion of the Desert (1982). Akkad saw these films as a way to bridge the gap between the Western and Islamic world. He was also the producer of the Halloween film series.



THE LAST 15 SECONDS actually lasts 75 minutes, but the beauty and truthfulness of it's images will linger many years.

– Robert Crew

The work constructs an imagined physical and verbal dialogue between Mustapha Akkad and Rawad Jassem Mohammad Abed, the suicide bomber who carried the explosion that killed Akkad. The work also looks at the imagined lives and memories of both the victim and his killer at the time of the explosion.


If the Canoe Festival exists to give us a sense of alternative ways of making theatre, THE LAST 15 SECONDS is an inspiration. It uses every kind of theatricality, starting with the simple domestic backdrop of hanging laundry (designer: Sheree Tams and William Chesney, lighting by Jennifer Jimenez) that takes on sculptural substance in the course of the show.

– Liz Nicholls


Show Credits

Created by Gary Kirkham, Nada Humsi, Anne-Marie Donovan, Pam Patel, Trevor Copp, Alan K. Sapp, and Majdi Bou-Matar

Directed by Majdi Bou-Matar

Music by Nick Storring

Lighting Design by Jennifer Jimenez

Stage Design by Jennifer Jimenez

Costume design by Sheree Tams

Set design by Sheree Tams and William Chesney

Performed by Bó BárdosTrevor CoppNada Humsi, Pam Patel, and Majdi Bou-Matar

Event Details

November 27th 2018 | 7:30 (doors open at 6:30)

The Registry Theatre122 Frederick St, Kitchener

Running time: 75 minutes, no intermission

Warning: This show has coarse language and deals with mature content.


$75 single tickets | $120 for pairs (tax receipts available)

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