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Tamarkan, Thailand, became a convalescent camp for the POWs who had worked on the Burma side of the railway. It was here that Aussie showman Norman Carter inspired a team of designers and stage technicians to mount a series of popular musical revues that were noteworthy for their elaborate sets, props, and costumes.

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This book tells the story of how music and theatre helped the 61,000 POWs who were sent to these camps survive their ordeal. It is a story that is not well-known to history and it is now being recovered. It is a story about how music and theatre and the other arts are absolutely essential to a society's life.

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