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I spent an evening covering a Singaporean all-female Chinese Opera troupe thanks to the invitation of another friend of mine. It was great fun and the ladies (most were in their 50s/60s) were very welcoming. It’s one of the few dying arts in Singapore and I thought it might be quite fun to document it before it vanishes completely. Many of the ladies lament that there was no one else to continue their trade. Some had begun training for the opera since their early teens and up till this day intend to continue performing.

As funding dries up and a new generation of Singaporeans move away from such communal forms of entertainment to their own individual platforms, the days of this type of public performance are numbered too.


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