The Last 15 Seconds

The Last 15 Seconds

The Last 15 Seconds was a milestone production 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. 

On Giving Tuesday, this November 27th, 2018, MT Space will bring The Last 15 Seconds back to Kitchener-Waterloo's Registry Theatre for the first time in over five years as part of our annual fundraiser event.

The Last 15 Seconds has recently been invited to perform at the prestigious International Festival of Carthage, Tunisia, and we are raising money to support the continuing regional, national, and international work of MT Space as well as to bring our artists there. In recognition of this, director and MT Space Founding Artistic Director Majdi Bou-Matar will be joining the cast as Moustapha Akkad.

The evening will feature reception catering generously provided by local Lebanese-Syrian-Turkish restaurant Arabesque Café, and a cash bar through local co-op brewery Together We're Bitter. And we will be finishing the evening with a live auction of three once-in-a-lifetime MT Space experiences - we hope to see you there!

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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


Trailer footage by Rob Ring

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

Stage management by Alyssa Almeida

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

Event Details

November 27th 2018 at The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener

Show | 7:00 (doors open at 6:30)

Dinner and Auction | 8:30

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


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

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Majdi Bou-Matar
Gary Kirkham
Rob Ring
Nick Storring
Trevor Copp
Anne-Marie Donovan