Do you know that there is a permanent Chinese Opera stage in Singapore? This is probably the last standing stage and it is in Pulau Ubin. And once a year during the Vesak period, this stage will be lit up with a few nights of Teochew Chinese Opera to celebrate the occasion.
This year, someone sponsored the ferry trips and every night from 6.30-10.30pm, the ferry ride is free. How cool!
This is the first time I see Ubin during the evening period and with so many flags.
Even the streets are all “dressed up” for the occasion.
The last standing permanent stage. Made of wooden planks and tin roof.
Thankfully I met a veteran photographer who had been coming in for several years to shoot the event, he brought me to the backstage and told me the people are generally very nice and doesn’t mind us taking their photo as long as we do not obstruct them in their preparation.
So here are some of the backstage photos.
The artistes are crucial, but the musical instruments are equally necessary.
This Uncle is preparing for the night’s performance, making sure the songs are in order.
As the night creeps by, the troupe’s makeup are mostly done, it’s time to put on their headgear and some final touch up.
This lady is the leader of the opera troupe. She is such a friendly Auntie.
Finishing touch on the eyebrows and lipsticks.
Lastly is putting on the costumes. A tiring 1.5 hours preparation is about to finish. Smoking break.
For those who are waiting to put on their costumes, it’s a good time to just rest or chit-chat with one another.
A pair of well worn shoes.
The show is ready to begin.
There are going to be 2 shows that night.
Every successful performance needs a very dedicated backstage crew, pulling and changing the backdrop manually.
It was truly a great experience to witness the troupe getting ready for the night’s performance. It doesn’t matter how many people are in the audience, they do what they do because of traditions.
My personal favourite photo of this series.