Go Full Mulan at Interactive Chinese Opera Exhibition

A ngiew actress from the Sai Yong Hong troupe puts on her stage makeup.

BANGKOK — Dress up as an operatic warrior or blushing court lady at an interactive museum exhibition on Chinese opera next week.

For “Night at the Musuem 7: Ngiew Glaa Gao,” Museum Siam is making the old ngiew again in with a full weekend of Chinese operatic edu-tainment.

Slather on grease paint and learn what the bright reds and whites mean, or don mirror-covered costumes and poke friends with stage weapons for your Instagram followers. Visitors can even try their hand at being a Chinese opera performer by testing their acrobatic skills in a bamboo obstacle course.

The Ballad of Mulan, an ancient Chinese folktale about a girl who takes her father’s place in the army, will be performed in Thai with a script specially written for the event at 9pm on all three days. Experts will give talks about the opera’s history and culture from 8:30pm to 9pm.

Themed Food and goods will be sold at the event. All exhibitions are in Thai and English.

The exhibition will run 4pm to 10pm, Dec. 15-17 at Museum Siam, located down Sanam Chai Road from the Grand Palace. Admission is free. Get there by Chao Phraya River Express boat via the Rajini Pier.

Rehearsal photos of The Ballad of Mulan.

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