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In contrast to the Thailand side of the railway, POW workers on the Burma side had been sent to Burma from the Netherlands East Indies and Sumatra. Except for the Allied bombing raids, their construction experience was very similar to that on the Thailand side. But the “jungle shows” they produced to help them survive were unique. And the larrikin antics by the Australians to subvert the Japanese attempts to film a propaganda movie are unforgettable.

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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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Chapter 3. “Jungle Shows


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