The Last 15 Seconds

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 work constructs an imagined physical and verbal dialogue between Mustapha Akkad and Rawad Jassem Mohammad Abed, the suicide bomber who carried out 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.  

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

– Robert Crew

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


Production 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

Set Design by Sheree Tams and William Chesney

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