Adaptation of Thai Traditional Plays in a Contemporary Context
Thesis or dissertation
University of Exeter
Reason for embargo
to allow for publication of papers using material drawn from my thesis
The purpose of this thesis is to investigate the process of adaptation of a Thai traditional play in a contemporary context. The study is based on two practical projects in which two Thai traditional plays, Sang Thong and Tao San Pom, are adapted and presented on stage. The approaches used in the practices of adaptation are gathered from a range of research in diverse areas, including studies of traditional Thai theatre and plays, the analysis of adaptations of contemporary Thai artists and adaptation theories. With this exploration, I attempt to create original contemporary plays for the modern Thai theatre which, I believe, are able to communicate with a modern Thai audience better than translated or adapted Western plays. The thesis consists of six chapters. The first chapter provides background information regarding the history and development of Thai theatre; the characteristics of traditional theatre and literary works are discussed in the second chapter. The third chapter explores the selected adaptations of well-known Thai artists. The fourth chapter then address the significant approaches that will be further explored in my script adaptations. The commentaries on my two practical projects are presented in my fifth and sixth chapters. This thesis is accompanied by two DVDs, which feature the record of two performances of my practical projects, the script adaptations of Thai traditional plays, Sang Thong and Tao San Pom.