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Black & White

Kuwait City


A celebration of Egyptian film

In its golden age, the Egyptian film industry was distinctly characterized by placing songs, mostly romantic ones, at the forefront of movies’ plots. Musical films, in particular, were a cornerstone of an industry that rose to prominence on the shoulders of some of the biggest names in Arab music, such as Umm Kulthum, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Layla Murad, Abdel-Halim Hafez, Najat and others. In return, their movies served as a shortcut to the hearts and minds of fans who grew up associating their favourite songs with timeless scenes on the big screen.

In Black and White, these memories are evoked in a theatrical show featuring set and projection design by 59 Productions that combines music and live performance with the participation of JACC’s orchestra.

Opened 2018

Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre, Kuwait City


Produced by
Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre

Hisham Jaber

Francesca Jaynes

Costume Designer
Fotini Dimou

Lighting, Set & Projection Design
59 Productions

Assistant Director
Sarah Nohra

Assistant Choreographer
Dale Mercer

Dance Captains
Dorian Mallia & Diane Portelli

Producer (for SJACC)
Talal Al-Muhanna

59 Team

Design Director
Leo Warner

Video Designer
Tom Wexler

Set Designer
Claudia Fragoso

Lighting Designer
Matt Daw

Sound Designer
Ella Wahlström

Ben Cooper & Ollie Hester

Associate Set Designer
Joshua Doyle

Assistant Set Designer
Ayanna Blair-Ford

Assistant Video Designer
Felix Green

Video Programmer
Sam Jeffs

Technical Associate
Iain Syme

Stage Manager
Nicola Donithorn

Aaron Brady
David Curtis
Felix Green
Emily Howells
Max Italiaander
Edd Stockton

Lighting Programmer
Cat Carter

Production Managers
Phil Wilding
James Roxburgh
Murray Boyd

Design Intern
Marta Radecka