Thai, French theater troupes explore politics through ‘A Thai Mirror’ on Bangkok stage

A promotional poster of ‘A Thai Mirror’
A promotional poster of ‘A Thai Mirror’

Thai and French performers are bringing a political thriller to the Bangkok stage that aims to reveal unspoken aspects of Thailand.

Thai experimental theater troupe B-Floor recently joined hands with France’s Franchement Tu Théâtre to bring their new production, A Thai Mirror, to the Alliance Francaise cultural center.

The plot involves a French woman who goes to visit her brother and his fiancée in Thailand only to learn that they’ve gone missing. The woman then goes on a journey to look for them while encountering mysteries and the supernatural in this unfamiliar “Land of Smiles.”

The production is directed by Nicolas Kerszenbau, a French stage director and playwright. It’s his first time telling a tale set in Thailand, a country he believes few foreign visitors take the time to understand properly.

“I like Thailand, but I cannot deny that this country is strange,” Kerszenbau said. “Foreigners love to come here, but most of them don’t even know or understand the core of Thailand. They always talk about beautiful beaches, delicious food and Thai massage. However, Thailand has many mysterious aspects and complicated politics. It is like a puzzle.” 

Nicolas Kerszenbaum

“If we look at this country deeply enough without ignorance, we will see the reality of Thailand,” Kerszenbau continued. “I am lucky that I have Thai friends who lead me to discover those aspects of this country.”

The performers include two French actors, Marion Bottollier and Ulysses Bosshard, and two Thai actors, Sarut Komalittipong and Wasu Wanrayangkoon. The show will feature music spanning several genres including jazz and Thai traditional music such as molam.

A Thai Mirror will be performed in Thai, French, and English, with subtitles. Tickets start at THB600 for the public and THB300 for students and are available for purchase online

The performance will take place at 8pm on Nov. 24, Nov. 25, and Nov. 26 at the Alliance Francaise in Bangkok. 

Alliance Française Bangkok is located on Witthayu Road and is a few minutes walk from MRT Lumpini.

 

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FIND IT:

A Thai Mirror
8pm, Nov. 24 – Nov. 26 
Alliance Française Bangkok
179 Witthayu Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, MRT Lumpini 

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