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Bamboo Theatre
  • Country/Area of ProductionHong Kong China
  • Language of DialogueChinese (Cantonese)
  • Runtime76 min
  • DirectorCHEUK Cheung
  • Type of WorkFeature-Length Documentary
  • ProducerLouis Yu

While permanent theatres are commonly built in most cosmopolitan modern cites, Hong Kong preserves a unique theatrical architecture, a Chinese tradition that has lasted more than a century – Bamboo Theatre.

It is a makeshift, open-air and bamboo shed theatre, which is built and fixed by plastic straps, without any heavy-duty materials. During festivities in the villages, they will invite Chinese opera troupes to perform ritualistic opera in the temporary theatre constructed in front of the temple, in order to express their gratitude to the Chinese gods they worship. Spirits and gods were the primary audiences.