1. Why Phu Quoc Water Puppetry?
2. Water puppet show options
Phu Quoc Theatre is a perfect place to hire for your next private event. The Theatre provides an exquisite and unique experience including Set Menus or Buffet and the magical Water Puppet Show, to impress your guests or company’s staffs.
3. Feast on premium dinner before the show
4. The Theatre’s Founder story
OnBird has got chances to talk with the theatre’s founder and here are some sharings of them about the inspiring journey of theatre foundation.
“When I told my parents the idea of bringing Water Puppetry, a northern culture to Phu Quoc, they said ‘Are you out of your mind? None of our family member works in the Creative field, now you are saying you want to open a theatre.’ I laughed and said we shall wait and see.
I am more of a businessman than a creative person, even though I do enjoy art and culture. With some help from my auntie, I made contact with NSUT Chu Luong, the director of Thang Long Water Puppet theatre in Hanoi to ask for advice and help. After 4 months of discussion and recruitment, we formed a team of 7 performers from Hanoi to fly in and help train 10 new people from Phu Quoc. After 6 months of training non stop, we managed to form a team of 17 performers ready to complete an 16-act water puppet show under the supervision of 2 NSUT from Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre.
Then Covid-19 hits, just a month before our grand opening. In the theatre, we always joke around saying we all work for the ‘Theatre of Dream – Nhà hát của những giấc mơ’. But Covid sadly turned it into a nightmare – We had to pull out more investment/ capital from our own pocket to pay for the theatre’s land rent during these two years, and risking that we may lose all our performers during this time. But deeply in our hearts, we know Phu Quoc will be our second home and our long term future, so we decided to do what it takes to carry on that dream.
On October 2021 after we hear Vietnam and neighbouring countries are opening up on the first quarter of 2022, we decided to reset the theatre production to prepare for it. With the current progress, we are looking at the 1st April 2022 to be our (second) grand opening date. We keep our fingers crossed this time that it will actually happen.
My partner and I hope that our story will be spread the word, and make this dream happen.”