Behind the scenes: Chinese opera
In order to appease the spirits (and entertain the living), Chinese operas are held all over George Town on makeshift stages during the festive season. Rebecca Duckett-Wilkinson goes behind the scenes
Chinese opera trivia
Audience numbers are growing year on year since Penang attained a UNESCO listing and as a growing interest in the local culture increased.
The performers are a mixture of people, coming from China and Thailand. There are a number of local performers as well.
There is no dress code and no charge although a donation to the temple is always welcome.
The best time to view these operas is between August and October, especially during the Hungry Ghost Festival.