One of Thailand's last Chinese opera troupes lights up Bangkok
Only about one of the last 20 Thai Chinese opera troupes, Sai Bo Hong act out dramatic tales centred around themes of loyalty, honesty and family to the sound of clashing cymbals and flutes.
Ancient world of swords, warriors and folklore
An ancient world of swords, warriors and folklore roars to life on the darkened street, offering a momentary escape from the modern-day bustle of Bangkok's unstoppable development.
Themes of loyalty, honesty and family
On stage the Sai Bo Hong Chinese opera troupe act out dramatic tales centred around themes of loyalty, honesty and family to the sound of clashing cymbals and flutes.
For centuries, troupes like this have performed throughout Thailand, where 14 percent of the population are ethnic Chinese.
But the number of shows has dwindled in the era of smartphones, cinemas and Netflix, a vanishing art in a city of high-rises and mega-malls.
Sharp drop in audience and performances
"Chinese opera in Thailand has seen a sharp drop in terms of both audience attendance and performances," said one of the costume designers.
When in Bangkok
When the Thai troupe plays upcountry mostly elderly ethnic Chinese come to see them while in Bangkok it's a mix of tourists and local residents.
Been around for decades
Sai Bo Hong has been around for decades and like other troupes - only about 20 are left in Thailand - normally plays for-hire gigs.
Celebrating former King Taksin
On Saturday they took part in a festival celebrating former King Taksin on the western bank of the Chao Phraya river which cuts through Bangkok.
Taksin ruled in the late 18th century and was believed to have Chinese-Thai heritage.