Derek surprised us last night with an impromptu viewing of a water puppet show. These shows are a traditional form of art in Vietnam but have become a huge tourist attraction. I have been wanting to go all year, so I am glad Derek made it happen.
Upon recommendation from a student, Derek made reservations at the Golden Dragon Theatre in District 1. The theatre was easy for the cab to locate and the grounds were well kept. We made it just in time for the performance to begin which was great because the boys didn't have time to get bored. We went to the 6:30 showing, and the performance was just under an hour long. They do three showing every night. The audience was mostly tour groups but it wasn't overly crowded.
(Please excuse the quality of the photos. The conditions were poor and we only brought our phones. I guess you'll have to come visit us and go to the real deal if you want to see it better!)
Owen was super excited to go to the puppet show with us because he had gone once already on a field trip with his classmates. He was telling us everything that was happening. It was fun to watch him in the roll of "expert" in this world of things we know so little about. The show we saw was at a different venue, so there were a few differences that Owen was very keen to point out. The coolest difference was that the show we saw had a dragon that had REAL fire coming out of its mouth. The fire was very exciting for the boys right at the point in the show were they were starting to get antsy from sitting so long.
Oliver's favorite scene was one with two chickens. They did a little dance, went under the water, then up popped an egg that quickly hatched into a baby chick. He thought that was great and described the whole scene in the taxi on the way home. He was not a fan of the scene where the naughty orange cat ate the mommy duck and needed to be reminded that it was just pretend.
Owen liked the entire show, but was especially excited when the dragons that spit water were out. He was a bit nervous when the fire first appeared but was amazed nonetheless. He recounted all the differences on the way home and asked me to remind him to tell his friends about the fire-breathing dragon on Monday morning.
The puppets are all controlled by a group of people behind a curtain or underwater. They hold their breath and swim around to make the puppets dance the way they do. These are the performers from last evening's show.
It was definitely a tourist attraction but still a fun evening for the dudes. I wouldn't mind going again.