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The impromptu entertainment that took place during the early railway construction in Thailand soon developed into organized concert party troupes staging simple variety shows with rudimentary costumes and settings. But the widespread starvation, brutality, and death that occurred during “the Speedo Period” stymied any further activities.

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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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