Thai Chinese opera singers in Bangkok: illiterate performers sold into the craft perform to dwindling audiences

In Thailand, a Not-So-Glamorous Life on Stage – NYT, April 25, 2013
…“Someday there will be no one left to watch,” said Boonchu Chua, 53, the manager of a troupe. “That’s disappointing, but we aren’t playing for the audience. We play for the gods.” At every performance, the troupe pays homage to the spirits of the local temple…

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