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Thai Culture Shows
Traditional Thai Puppet Theatre (Joe Louis)
Location : 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.

Joe Louis Puppet Theatre
Joe Louis Puppet Theatre

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.

Information Tel. 0 2252 9683 to 4, 0 2252 5227 to 9 #101-104
Show times Daily 19.30 - 21.00 hrs.
Ticket fees Adults and children (over 120 cm height): 900 baht
Children (not over 120 cm height): 300 baht
BTS skytrain Saladaeng Station, then bus no. 115
MRT metro Lumphini Station
For taxi โรงละครโจหลุยส์ สวนลุมไนท์บาซาร์

Map : Silom - Surawong - Sathon - New Road

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