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Burma puppet plays (Yoke Thay) have been performed since at least the 1400s. In the 1700s, the royal court began formally to sponsor and regulate the puppet theatre. It quickly grew in prestige and popularity. At the height of its popularity between 1820 and 1885, the puppet theatre in Burma was considered superior to the live theatre, such was the degree of skill and expertise exhibited by the puppeteers. Some puppets became famous throughout the land and were instantly recognised and much loved by the people.rnIn traditional court performances, marionettes could ‘speak’ freely where human actors could not. The small performers were used to pass on messages, warnings and grievances that would otherwise go unspoken.

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