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By early 1944, the base/hospital camp at Chungkai had been transformed from a death camp into something resembling a holiday camp with the most impressive outdoor theatre on the railway. On its stage, four theatrical producers (led by Leo Britt and Joop Postma) vied with each other to be considered "the first and best" by audiences—sometimes employing devious means to win the contest. Meanwhile, musical conductors Norman Smith and Eric Cliffe led a camp orchestra in concerts which culminated in a full evening of classical music.
Eldredge, Sears, "Chapter 6a. "Chungkai Showcase": Chungkai Hospital Camp | Part One: Mid-October 1942 to Mid-May 1944 "" (2014). Book Chapters. 16.
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