Al Atlal

Celebrating the legend Umm Kulthum as never seen before

Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Centre,
Kuwait City

Al Atlal (‘The Ruins’) is an operatic concert celebrating the legend Umm Kulthum as never seen before. Presenting three of her most famous songs: Amal Hayati, Ana Fi’Intezarak and Al Atlal, this unique production saw her works performed by May Farouq and conducted by maestro Emad Ashour.

Referencing archive footage of Umm Kulthum’s most iconic concerts, Act 1 showcased the talent of May Farouk and the orchestra in an elegant setting that evoked the atmosphere of a classic mid-century performance. Act 2, in bold contrast, presented Ibrahim Nagi’s epic poem ‘Al Atlal’ on a vast set featuring imposing projection-mapped columns and a sweeping staircase, both of which were augmented with stunning imagery to amplify the powerful themes of a classic Egyptian story.


Produced by

Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Centre

59 Team

Design Director

Lysander Ashton

Video Designer

Tom Wexler


Ben Cooper

Set Designer

Jenny Melville

Lighting Designer

Rob Casey

Associate Set Designer

Claudia Fragoso

Assistant Video Designer

Felix Green


David Curtis
Sean Kothe

Production Manager

Phil Wilding

Deputy Stage Manager

Rosie Gilbert

Video Programmer

Jack Jewell

Lighting Programmer

Sam Ohlsson

Production Supervisor

Martyn Russell