Promotional photo of ‘The Chanchila.’ Photo: Monkey Army Theatre / Facebook.

BANGKOK — Go on a romp through philosophy and religion next year with an absurd-existential play about a dead man the afterlife isn’t sure what to do with.

“The Chanchila,” opening in January at a new Thonglor art venue, is about a man who dies abruptly and is caught in the middle. After living a mostly unremarkable life, heaven doesn’t know where to send him. So an apprentice angel is sent in to review his life and see whether he truly accomplished nothing or simply was a victim of life’s circumstances.

After producing the existential drama “Crossing Nirvana” in 2015, director and theatre professor Sornchai Chatwiriyachai is back with a second original play with ambitions no less than to find the meaning of life.


Tickets are 500 baht and 350 baht for students. Advanced tickets are 450 baht and can be booked via the Monkey Army Theatre.


English surtitles will be provided.

Performances begin at 7:30pm from Jan. 6 through Jan. 22, with matinee shows at 2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. The show will take place at Syrup The Space, a new art venue on the second floor of Liberty Plaza, at the north end of Soi Thong Lor. It can be reached from the Soi Thong Lo Pier via the Khlong Saen Saep boat taxi or taking the red bus from BTS Thong Lo.