One of the last things we did in Luang Prabang was go to the theatre. Yes. The theatre. It was billed as a traditional Lao play, with stories from its mythology acted out by locals.
Well, I was not thrilled at having to be in a theatre for one hour without really understanding what was going on, despite the announcer’s best effort at translating the initial synopsis to the audience form Lao to English and French.
To be perfectly honest, I didn’t mind the amateurish production quality, it was the longwinded nature of the dances and stories which I found quite boring and tiring. On the upside, the guys dressed up as monkeys got their roles perfectly as at times, they did behaved exactly like monkeys that I forgot they were actors.
I think the performance caters exactly for most of the crowd who were there, people on organized tours who kept taking photos throughout the whole performance and recording in order to bore their friends and family back home.
Raquel enjoyed the performance though, and despite not loving it, thought it was good way to end our lovely stay in Luang Prabang.
This post was based on our day of the 13th of October 2012.
Theatre tickets = $15 per person