Friends in drag highlight funeral
- Published: 31/03/2013 at 07:39 PM
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AYUTTHAYA: Guests attending the cremation of a transvestite in Bang Pa-in district were stunned on Sunday when more than 20 performers in full costume from the well-known Alcazar cabaret show in Pattaya held an emotional tribute to their late colleague, Thai Rath newspaper reported.
The actors took turns to perform about a dozen heartfelt solo and group shows during the cremation ceremony for Meechoke Changsorn, a 45-year-old former cabaret performer who died of pneumonia on Wednesday, at Wat Klarng Koh Ragum in tambon Sarm Ruan late in the afternoon.
Several of them cried while performing in front of Meechoke’s coffin and each performance earned a big round of applause from about 100 guests, Thairath said on its website.
Local people were surprised to see such a rare and unconventional funeral in their neighbourhood but said they were impressed with the bond between the deceased and his friends.
Vicha Pongrod, 40, a veteran costume designer at the Alcazar, said Meechoke had worked at the cabaret as a lead performer for more than 20 years before becoming a stage manager when he got older. Meechoke quit his beloved job and returned to his hometown after he contracted pneumonia.
Mr Vicha, who was once a transvestite performer, described him as a talented and versatile performer who was loved by all of his colleagues.
“We are all saddened by the loss of such a talented friend, so we make our utmost efforts in this show to bid a last farewell to him,” Mr Vicha said.
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