>The All-Egyptian Grand Night: Best Puppetry Show

>Neither blinded by mere childhood nostalgia or a soft-heart for puppetry shows, I have deemed ‘The Grand Night’, or el layela el kebeyra as the best puppetry show that was ever made.
I was surprised to learn today while reading the Egyptian Chronicles: RIP Salah El-Sakka that this little operetta was directed by Ahmed El Sakka’ s father. To all those who don’t know, Ahmed El Sakka is the Kevin Costner of Egyptian cinema– well, the “Bodyguard” Kevin Costner not the Swing Vote Costner.
This el leila el kebeira show then brought together 2 Salahs a master puppeteer, Salah El Sakka, and a master poet, Salah Jahin.
It is an authentic, funny, witty, larger than life, show. I wonder if anybody has ever translated it into English …. maybe I should try one day…..

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