||Thai Culture Shows
Thai Puppet Theatre (Joe Louis)
: Suanlum Night Bazaar, Rama IV Road
Joe Louis Puppet Theatre, the last of the kingdom’s
traditional Thai small puppets troupe, was awarded
the “Best Traditional Performance Award”
from among competitors from 44 countries over the
world at the 10th World Festival of Puppet Art held
in Prague, Czech Republic, from 1 to 10 June 2006.
The troupe presented the award to His Majesty King
Bhumibol Adulyadej on the auspicious occasion of
the 60th Anniversary of His Majesty’s Accession
to the Throne.
The troupe won the prize with its performance of
“the Myth of Rahu and the Lunar Eclipse”,
a lively tale based on Thailand’s ancient
belief that a lunar eclipse was caused by a demon
who swallowed the moon.
On 2 June 2008, a mesmerizing performance, "the
Birth of Ganesha", by the Thai Puppet troupe (Joe
Louis Puppet Theatre), won the Best Performance
Award, the highest acclaim of this year, at the
12th World Festival of Puppet Art 2008, held in
Prague, the Czech Republic, with 25 troupes from
17 countries competing in the final round.
This is the second award that the troupe received
after winning "the Best Traditional Performance"
Award in 2006.
The show narrates the birth of "Ganesha", a Hindu
god of success and arts and about the struggle to
maintain peace in the three terrains of the earth
according to Hindu cosmology.
The Joe Louis puppet play is performed by each puppet
being controlled jointly by three puppeteers with
all of whom appearing on stage with the puppet thereby
creating highly animated, life-like movements. This
enables the puppets to move or dance gracefully.
The Joe Louis Puppet Theatre is the only troupe
of Thai theatrical puppeteers in existence. The
performance is a showcase for Thailand’s cultural
heritage and reflects the unstinting efforts of
the troupe to preserve this exotic art form.
Interested persons should make reservations in advance.
||Tel. 0 2252 9683 to 4, 0
2252 5227 to 9 #101-104
||Daily 19.30 -
||Adults and children
(over 120 cm height): 900 baht
Children (not over 120 cm height): 300 baht
||Saladaeng Station, then bus
Map : Silom - Surawong - Sathon - New Road
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