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Srinakharinwirot university has given the Joe Louis Puppetry troupe a new home, from which it will not only perform but also pass on the tradition to a new generation. 

Members of the Joe Louis Puppet Theatre at a press conference announcing their new home at Asoke Montri-Nattaya Sala theatre in Bangkok’s Srinakharinwirot University. SOMCHAI POOMLARD


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Puppets find a new home

When the Joe Louis Puppetry troupe was forced to close its Nattaya Sala theatre in the Suan Lum Night Bazaar last year, no one was sadder than Srinakharinwirot university rector Prof Wiroon Tangcharoen.

Prof Wiroon said he treasured the Joe Louis troupe as well as traditional shadow play in general. 
So, he did something about it.

Prof Wiroon has given the troupe a new home at Srinakharinwirot’s Prasanmit campus, not far from its old home. There the troupe will not only give regular performances, but it will also conduct workshops for students of Srinakharinwirot's Demonstration School and other schools under its umbrella.

Troupe manager Pisuth Yangkiawsod expressed his gratitude for the university's decision to add puppetry art to its curriculum.

The courses will get under way when the new academic year starts next month, he said.

Performances will follow in August and be staged on a weekly basis at the Asoke Montri-Nattaya Sala theatre on the fourth floor of the university's Innovation building, Prasanmit campus.

The debut production for the new theatre will be Phra Maha Janaka, an adaptation of His Majesty the King's composition.

Moreover, there will be a gallery and library to showcase the history of the Joe Louis Theatre and the art of puppet making.

When the troupe's theatre in Suan Lum closed in August last year, it brought to an end a nine-year residency featuring nightly shows.

Since then, the performances have only been seen at certain social events and the puppets themselves have returned to their original home in Nonthaburi.

Mr Pisuth said he was determined to preserve Joe Louis puppetry in honour of his father, the late Sakorn Yangkiawsod, who founded the troupe in 1985.

"There are no more than 100 puppet players in this country," said Mr Pisuth, expressing optimism that the university arrangement would help secure the tradition's future.

The troupe will also perform around the country and abroad, he added. Next month, it will give a performance in London.
 
Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post by Pimpicha Utsahajit

press conference – an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it การแถลงข่าว
theatre – a building or an outdoor area where plays and similar types of entertainment are performed โรงละคร, โรงมหรสพ
troupe – a group of actors, singers, etc. who work together คณะผู้แสดง
bazaar – a street or an area of a town where there are many small shops ตลาดที่ขายของหลากหลายชนิด
rector – the person in charge in some universities, schools, colleges and universities อธิการบดี
treasure – to have or keep something that you love and that is extremely valuable to you รัก
traditional – things (buildings, clothes, music, customs, etc.) that have been part of a country or society for a long time แบบดั้งเดิม, เป็นประเพณี
shadow – the dark shape that somebody/something's form makes on a surface, for example on the ground, when they are between the light and the surface  เงา, ร่มเงา
regular – done or happening often, especially with the same time and space in between each activity and the next เป็นประจำ, เสมอๆ
performance – the act of carrying out some time of entertainment or sport การแสดง
conduct – to do something in an organised way; to carry out — ลงมือทำ, ดำเนิน, ปฏิบัติ
workshop – a period of discussion and practical work on a particular subject, in which a group of people share their knowledge and experience การประชุมเชิงปฏิบัติการ
demonstration – showing something and explaining how it works การสาธิต
umbrella – a thing that contains or includes many different parts or elements
gratitude – a feeling of being grateful to someone because they have given you something or have done something for you ความรู้สึกขอบคุณ
curriculum – the group of subjects studied in a school, college, etc หลักสูตร
academic year – school year ปีการศึกษา
stage – to organise an event or activity จัด
on a weekly basis – happening each week เป็นประจำทุกสัปดาห์
innovation – the introduction of new things, ideas or ways of doing something; a new idea, way of doing something, etc. that has been introduced or discovered นวัตกรรม, การคิดขึ้นใหม่, สิ่งที่นำเข้ามาใหม่
campus – the buildings of a university or college and the land around them พื้นที่ที่เป็นที่ตั้งของมหาวิทยาลัย
debut – performing for the first time การเปิดตัว
adaptation – a film/movie, book or play that is based on a particular piece of work but that has been changed for a new situation การดัดแปลง, การปรับใช้
composition – a piece of music or art, or a poem การแต่งเพลง, การประพันธ์
gallery – a room or building for showing works of art, especially to the public ห้องแสดงผลงานศิลปะ
showcase – to show the best qualities or parts of something แสดงจุดเด่นของสิ่งของหรือคน
residency – the period of time that an artist, a writer a musician or a group of performers spends working for at a particular place
feature – to include someone or something as an important part มีบทบาทสำคัญใน
original – existing at the beginning of a particular period, process or activity เดิม
determined – having made a firm decision to do something and to not let anyone prevent you  แน่นอน,ซึ่งตัดสินใจแล้ว
preserve – to keep something as it is, especially in order to prevent it from being damaged or destroyed ทำให้คงอยู่, สงวน
in honour of – to show respect and admiration for somebody เป็นเกียรติให้กับ
late – dead ที่ล่วงลับไปแล้ว
found – to start an organisation, company, political party etc  สร้าง,  ก่อตั้ง, สถาปนา
optimism – a tendency to be hopeful and to expect that good things will probably happen การมองในแง่ดี,ลัทธิความเบิกบานใจ
arrangement – a plan or preparation that you make so that something can happen; an agreement that you make with somebody that you can both accept  การจัดการ, ข้อตกลง
secure – to get or achieve something ได้รับ, ทำให้ได้ผล
future – the possibility of being successful or surviving at a later time อนาคต
abroad – in or to a foreign country  ในต่างประเทศ

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