One of the last Chinese Teochew Opera Troupes in Singapore.
This is one of the remaining traditional chinese operas which has still has its bamboo and wooden back stage. Enjoyed visiting these wonderful Chinese Operas, my grandmother loved watching them and often took me along when I was really young. Backstages were my favorite places when I was a kid, having remembered them to be rather dim, lit with mostly using kerosene lamps even in the 1980s. There were so many taboos back then, everyone had to pray to the gods before the start of every act, the altar seemed quite frightful. These days, brightly lit up backstages, they don’t seem to have that nostalgic feeling. Maybe I am too biased.
The actresses are amazing and quite passionate about their art, mostly in their 60s to their late 70s, having trained since they were very young children. Sad to see there are not as many male actors around anymore. They put on shows for very limited audience at nearby Chinese temples. Most will gradually retire and soon the troupes disappear, replaced with more modern troupes for the modern audiences.