If you are bored and want to do something different you might consider going to see this puppet show.
We did not go to the show but one night we stood outside and it looked OK. We took a brochure (see photo).
It is very close to the Sedona and the Green Elephant Restaurant. You could walk it if you are staying close to either.
It starts at 8.30 pm and lasts an hour
Dress Code: None that I am aware.
I enjoyed the MarionettesTheatre in Mandalay.
Mandalay is famous for this type of art performance.
Although the kind of music is something you have to get used to it, I love the history and the story behind marionettes theatre. Burmese people often use marionettes to show people the real world. But because they cannot do it straight away they use other means. Marionettes were a means of making people aware of current events, a medium for educating the people in literature, history and religion, display of lifestyles and customs. At the same time, they functioned as mouthpieces for the people in the days of royalty, tiny hands in state and social affairs. If you are open to interpret the deeper meaning behind the quite 'simple' stories this show will be very intersting to you.
Regular show: everyday from 8:30pm to 9:30 pm
Entrance Fee: 3US$ per person.
Duration : one hour for Part (1) & (2)
one and half hours for Part (1) & (2) & (3)
Dress Code: casual
Ok they are a bit corny and I am sure making a mint (they ask for a donation of US$5.00) but it is a night out and a bit different!
However, I did learn a bit about Burmese dancing and the various costumes worn by the Burmese.
You also have to admire their courage and resilience after being imprisoned and still making slight criticisms against the regime!
They also sell puppets and T shirts!
I'm not a beer drinker, but a glass of good beer on a hot Burmese night is not to be sneezed at.
The problem is that beer is comparatively expensive in Burma. Most places only serve bottles, which cost anything between 900 and 1500 kyat (the price of four curries).
The secret is to find one of the rare bars that serve draught beer. This oneserves 0.3l glasses of beer for 250 kyat (less than 30c).
30th street in the southern part of Mandalay has plenty of bars and restaurants which open late.
You can go there to eat, have some drinks, watch sports (mainly English Football), people watch or even sing some karaoke.
Most of the bars are frequented by locals but they were welcoming whenever I went there. Just look for the green "Myanmar Beer" sign - they are lit up all along two or three blocks of this street.
It makes a nice alternative to a bland hotel bar full of tourists.
Dress Code: Reasonably neat. As in other parts of Myanmar, it's better not to wear shorts.
The bars are supposed to close at 11pm, but they were open well beyond that when I went.
Moustache Brother Show is the 'must' !
It's a very interesting and a little bit weird modern version of the traditional pwe show. It is performed in English.
Furthermore it has a political background which is quite sad, but interesting:
U Pa Pa Lay and his cousin U Lu Zaw, the comedians known as "the Moustache Brothers", and their colleagues U Aung Soe and U Htwe have been the focus of widespread and sustained campaigning by Amnesty International members around the world for the last five years.
On 4 January 1996, the anniversary of Myanmar's independence from the UK, U Pa Pa Lay's Anyeint troupe, the traditional Burmese entertainment group, performed for a celebration at the home of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon . After that they have been arrested and put to jail for 7 years. In 2001 they were released.The wife of one of the brothers was a professor for dance at the Roayal Academy of Dance of Mandalay or Yangon which was closed.The theatre group is on the black list of the government. Please visit the show and support this talented family!!!If you want to support freedom of speech and democracy, got and see the show!
Dress Code: casual, traveller cloths
-Be careful: trishaw drivers prefer to drive you to the touristy , but also nice, marionettes theatre show. Make sure you repeat several times the name:'Moustache Brothers'. It is NOT a Marionettes show, but a comedy show.
-show is performed every night at around 8:30 pm