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Changi POW Camp, Singapore, was where many of the entertainers on the Thailand-Burma railway were first imprisoned as POWs. The challenges involved in organizing entertainment among the chaotic conditions in Changi with its thousands of defeated and demoralized troops, were multitudinous. But for those musicians and theatrical producers who were later sent to the Thailand-Burma railway, it was an excellent proving ground for the more difficult task they would face Up Country.

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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  1. “In the Bag”: Changi POW Camp, Singapore


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