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When the actors, noisy with child-like enthusiasm, streamed out of the theatre into the foyer of Democrazy Theatre Studio to surprise the audience before the show started, I began to worry that I would have to sit through a play that had a bunch of grown-up performers acting like over-enthusiastic, screeching kids. Thankfully, that was not the case with Pisat Hua To (Big Head Monster). And a few minutes into the play, I could feel how the show was made with a lot of love and a lot of joy. 

Director Jaturachai Srichanwanpen spent seven years getting to know and adapting Ong-art Chaichancheep's novel of the same name for the stage. The fable, reminiscent of Pippin, centres on the young Big Head Monster (Sukhumbhand Thititanapan) whose ambition is to become a hero. He leaves his family behind to embark on a journey to find the Blue Giant (Nat Nualpang), a self-help/motivational author whose ideas Big Head Monster admires. Along the way, he meets a carp fish (Sukanya Pheansri) _ an outcast who is also trying to find her place in the world. They form a friendship that turns into romantic love, but unfortunately for both of them, there is no happy-forever-after, no such thing as a perfect hero, and perhaps not even a place they can call home.

Jaturachai has created a world that feels like a cross between a fairy tale and a circus. Nicha Buranasamrit's patchwork costumes enrich this sometimes-dark, sometimes-joyous world with humour and quirkiness. The young director and his design team are witty and charming about having to be economical. The detachable hula hoops _ the main props of the play _ never stop their transformation. Sometimes they are seahorses, sometimes a prison, sometimes percussion instruments.

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