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Outdoor Drama and Taiwanese Opera

Outdoor Drama and Taiwanese Opera

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Outdoor dramas have been quintessential events at temple fairs since the Qing Dynasty. Such dramas were not banned during the Japanese era, and under the influence of industrial and commercial development, they in fact grew to an unprecedented scale. In addition to performing at folk temple fairs, dramatic performances were also staged in professional theatres selling admission tickets. Moreover, the form and content of performance had also changed, with extravagant stage decorations being very popular among the audience. Wherever such performances were held, both the outdoor stages and indoor theatres would be crowded with people of all genders and ages, day or night.

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