For whom Theatre/ performance art practitioners, namely dancers, actors, physical theatre performers, directors, choreographers and drama/performance Students (Undergraduates & Postgraduates)

Arts on Location and the College of Dramatic Arts are to collaborate for a cultural programme, “Khon (Thai Classical Mask Theatre) Workshop for International Artists”. Artists from all over the world are welcome to apply for two training programmes; 5 day Intensive Khon Workshop and 3 weeks Training Residency: An Introduction to Khon, led by the great and nationally renowned masters of the College of Dramatic Arts, Bangkok

Arts on Location has organised this workshop in Bangkok in order for the participants to experience and train in this traditional theatre form on location. Therefore the participating artists will discover the cultural context and environment in which this theatre practice was born and developed. Arts on Location’s anthropological approach aims at providing not only a high quality theatre workshop but a well-rounded cultural experience as well.

Taking Place in Bangkok, this workshop is a skill developing cultural programs aiming at performance artists and theatre practitioners from all over the world who have a strong interest in gaining good grounding knowledge in the art of Khon.


Hours: 10.00-16.00 (including Lunch break)
Place: The College of Dramatic Arts, Bangkok
Fees: 8,000 BHTs/ 160 GBPs/ 200 Euros/ 260 USDs

* The Fee also includes a set of Pah Daeng (red fabric worn during the training), and ceremonial food and flowers)


The focus of the 3 week training will be on Khon with a subsidiary subject taught each week. The following subsidiary subjects will compliment and enrich the participants’ learning experience: Krabi Krabong (Thai Weapon Arts), Nang Yai (Shadow Puppets), Muey Thai(Thai Boxing). If demand is high, there is a possibility of arranging for additional subjects, such as Thai Classical Music, Thai rod puppets, and Hun Lakorn Lek (Thai Puppets), etc.
Notes: Hun Lakorn Lek training will not be inclusive of the fees.

Dates: TBA :

(Arts on Location would like to ask those interested to attend this 3 weeks workshop to register their interests, and state the prefered period of attendance)
Hours: 10.00-16.00 (Monday to Friday)
Place: The College of Dramatice Arts, Bangkok

Fees: TBA

Contents :

Study of the main characters Yak(Giant), Ling(Monkey), Phra(Hero), Nang(Heroine)

Physical behaviour of these characters
Exercise to acquire the language of gestures appropriate for each mask (Mae Tha)
Study of the War scene from Ramayana Epic
Lectures :

Thai culture and religion and its influence on the arts
Brief History of Khon History and the Ramayana
Subsidiary Subjects :

Nang Yai (Thai Shadow Puppetry)
Krabi Krabong (Sword fighting)
Muey Thai (Thai traditional boxing)
Thai Classical Music
Hoon Lakorn Lek
Note: The Timetable will be provided prior to the beginning of the training programme.

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