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Sunday, September 28, 2008

El-Laila El-Kebira Puppet Musical

El-Leila El-Kebira (The Big Night) is a famous puppet operetta from the late 50s, written by the poet Salah Jahin with music from Sayyed Mekkawi.
The piece centers on the last night of a moulid (an old Egyptian popular tradition celebrating the birthdays of Sufi saints and of the Prophet Mohammed), depicting different scenes from this street carnival and featuring the characters that have been, and that to a certain extent still are to these days, the actors of the celebrations: from food stall vendors to jugglers, musicians and other performers.
It is an extremely playful, funny, colorful and entertaining way of dwelling into a tradition little known by many foreigners. Even if you do not understand Arabic, the catchy folk songs and rhymes that accompany the show should make this an enjoyable experience for you and your children.

The troupe bringing you the Puppet Musical El-Laila El-Kebira will perform Thursday 2nd , Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th of October at 8:00 PM at the El Geneina Theatre inside the Al-Azhar Park

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