Beijing Shadow Show Troupe puppeteers conduct a performance for schoolchildren. Photo: AFP Beijing Shadow Show Troupe puppeteers conduct a performance for schoolchildren. Photo: AFP
Beijing Shadow Show Troupe puppeteers conduct a performance for schoolchildren. Photo: AFP

Chinese shadow theatre fights to stay in the light as dropping audiences force troupes to be creative

  • Shadow theatre has been a celebrated tradition for 2,000 years in China, but a lack of trainee puppeteers threatens its existence
  • Puppeteers tell age old stories to schoolchildren around the country. One Beijing troupe is trying to keep the traditional alive

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Beijing Shadow Show Troupe puppeteers conduct a performance for schoolchildren. Photo: AFP Beijing Shadow Show Troupe puppeteers conduct a performance for schoolchildren. Photo: AFP
Beijing Shadow Show Troupe puppeteers conduct a performance for schoolchildren. Photo: AFP
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