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    Joe Louis Puppetry troupe has a new home,

    Puppet masters find new home
    Published: 11/05/2011 at 12:00 AM
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    The Joe Louis Puppetry troupe has a new home, from which it will not only perform but also pass on the tradition to a new generation.

    Bangkok's Srinakharinwirot University has offered the troupe a place to stay, perform and teach in, after the group had to close its Nattaya Sala theatre in Suan Lum Night Bazaar last year for financial reasons.

    As well as giving regular performances at the university, the troupe will also conduct workshops for students of Srinakharinwirot's Demonstration School and other schools under its umbrella.

    The offer is the initiative of Srinakharinwirot rector Prof Wiroon Tangcharoen.

    Troupe manager Pisuth Yangkiawsod expressed his gratitude for the university's decision to add puppetry art to its curriculum.

    The course will get under way when the new academic year starts next month, he said.

    Performances will follow in August and be staged on a weekly basis at the Asoke Montri-Nattaya Sala theatre on the fourth floor of the university's Innovation building, Prasanmit campus.

    The debut production for the new theatre will be Phra Maha Janaka, an adaptation of His Majesty the King's composition.

    Moreover, there will be a gallery and library to showcase the history of the Joe Louis Theatre and the art of puppet making.

    When the troupe's theatre in Suan Lum closed in August last year, it brought to an end a nine-year residency featuring nightly shows.

    Since then, the performances have only been seen at certain social events and the puppets themselves have returned to their original home in Nonthaburi.

    Mr Pisuth said he was determined to preserve Joe Louis puppetry in honour of his father, the late Sakorn Yang-keawsot, who founded the troupe in 1985.

    "There are no more than 100 puppet players in this country," said Mr Pisuth, expressing optimism that the university arrangement would help secure the tradition's future.

    The troupe will also perform around the country and abroad, he added. Next month, it will give a performance in London.

    The theatre has already reaped international acclaim, having won the Best Traditional Performance Award at the 10th World Festival of Puppet Art in Prague in 2006.

    Prof Wiroon said he treasured the Joe Louis puppetry as well as traditional shadow play and he hoped his initiative will help preserve these national arts.

    "It saddened me to see the Nattaya Sala theatre close down last year," he said.

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    Re: Joe Louis Puppetry troupe has a new home,

    Great news! Long live Thai puppetry!
    Sleep, little one, close your eyes, mother will sing you a lullaby... Sleep in a jewel cradle, sleep, mother will rock you.
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    Re: Joe Louis Puppetry troupe has a new home,

    Just wondering if anyone knows of any places in Thailand that holds classes in making Thai Puppets and/or playing Thai puppetry? Cos I had previously tried to search for info online but what turned up was either puppet shows or sales...
    Sleep, little one, close your eyes, mother will sing you a lullaby... Sleep in a jewel cradle, sleep, mother will rock you.
    If you don't sleep the midges will go for your eyes and pollen will fall on the cradle....Sleep, close your eyes...
    - Isaan folksong, from "The Price of a Life" (Onkom, 1997)

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