To inject a traditional touch into celebrations for the Chinese New Year, Seacon Square is hosting a series of Chinese-opera shows in Teochew, Thai and international styles.
A fair at both branches of Seacon Square features daily presentations of Chinese operas from Feb 8 to 12.
They will entertain visitors to the Sueb San Tamnan Mungkorn Fair which will run from Feb 8 to 12 at both the Srinakarin Road and Bang Khae branches.
The highlight promises to be The Teochew Wife, a consistently popular Chinese opera in the international style which was once regularly staged in the Yaowarat area. It will be presented by well-known local troupe Ameng Por Pla. Its founder, Ajarn Amphol Charoensuklarp, will also take part in the performance.
International Chinese opera is similar to a standard Chinese stage play in terms of costumes and make-up, but it maintains the unique styles of singing and acting which are the hallmark of Chinese opera. Also on the schedule are two Teochew-style operas _ The Good Wife Must Die and Xichu Bawang (The Great Conqueror's Concubine) _ and two Thai-Chinese-style operas _ The Blind Empress and Bao Wen Zheng: Beheading Bao Mian.
The fair will also feature a variety of products regarded as being auspicious such as saplings of trees with names related to money or prosperity, items made from jade, stones representing the 12 signs of the zodiac, talismans, "lucky" porcelain, objects used in ancient Chinese rituals plus traditional clothing, accessories and authentic Chinese food.
The international and Teochew-style operas will be performed in Teochew, a dialect of Chinese, while the Thai-Chinese-style operas will be presented in Thai. They will be staged from 4pm to 5pm at the Srinakarin branch and from 5pm to 6pm at the Bang Khae branch. Admission is free.
For more information, call 02-721-8888.