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PHU QUOC THEATRE offers a truly unique experience of Water Puppetry and Vietnamese fine dining, brought to you by the team at OC Group.
We are a team that is truly passionate about showcasing the culture and heritage of Vietnam.

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Water Puppet

Water Puppetry dates back to the 11th Century, originating as home-grown entertainment for farmers in Vietnamese Northern villages. First performed in the water of rice fields, it is now performed in a waist-deep pool in a specifically designed theatre The puppetry art has existed in Vietnam for more than 1000 years, most strongly developed in the Ly- Tran dynasty (XI – XII centuries). According to the content described in “Sung Thien Dien Linh” Ly Nhan Tong dynasty (1121), the puppet shows were played to celebrate the King’s birth. Vietnamese puppetry has become more established and renowned as the years have gone by. The traditional folklore of puppetry is connected closely to communal faiths and folklore festivals. The puppeteers were athletic artists who performed at leisure after harvest time. Guilds were established and have remained preserved until now. The music of Cheo, hailed from the Northern villages. In addition to instrumentalists, there are Cheo singers. Music, songs, words in combination with movements of puppets lead the audiences to understand each act of the show. The main musical instruments used in the show are: drums, two-stringed fiddle, flute,, 16-chord zither and monochord. Many kinds of firecrackers are also used, the explosion and miracle light of fireworks make the show more thrilling. During the performances, the two elements of wood (puppets) and water (stage) perfectly compliment each other. We use traditional water puppets with specially made paint from the North, that is dull in colour and out of the water makes the puppets mediocre and dull. However once the puppets enter the water - they transform into glistening and sparkling figures that captivate audiences. Our show is directed by renowned artist Chu Luong – Director of Thang Long Water Puppet theater, the longest-running in Vietnam, and is performed by 20 trained artists from Hanoi and Phu Quoc

Now it is considered an integral part of Vietnamese culture and identity and is performed in villages across the country during festivals and New Year’s and is considered the highlight of the day for all the family.
During the performances the two elements of wood (puppets) and water (stage) perfectly compliment each other. We use traditional water puppets with specially made paint from the North, that is dull in colour and out of the water makes the puppets mediocre and dull. However once the puppets enter the water – they transform into glistening and sparkling figures that captivate audiences.

Interior Design

Water Puppetry (Vietnamese: Múa rối nước, lit. "Making puppets dance on water") dates back to the 11th Century, originating as home-grown entertainment for farmers in Red River Delta area in the North of Vietnam. When the rice fields would flood, villagers would entertain themselves with this special kind of puppetry.

STAGE

Our Theatre is based on the original temples of the village of Chùa Thầy, where water puppetry was first performed. Inside our theatre we have constructed the stage and entrance using reclaimed steel rods that mimic the traditional architecture of Chua Thay temples with a fresh and modern take, shimmering in the background during the show.

GIFT SHOP

You can buy some traditional hand made gifts or just chill out and soak up the atmosphere with one of our unique coffees - How about an Egg coffee before the show?

CULTURE CORNER

Upon entering you are transported to the energy of a village square, this large open space is for meeting up and where games are played, lively and energetic yet with our pond and live musicians still retains a sense of calm

The Show

Our show is directed by renowned artist Chu Luong – Director of Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, the longest-running in Vietnam, and is performed by 20 trained artists and musicians from Hanoi and Phu Quoc. 

The 40-minute show will take place just after guests dine, comprising different performances, each telling a short and self-explanatory story, keeping the audience fully engaged throughout. There will be subtitles to help guests fully appreciate the experience.

Discover our scenes: 10 scenes in our show

 

Gift Shop

With many souvenir shops elsewhere in Phu Quoc selling much of the same thing, factory produced items that sell at a cheap price. We did not want to compete with this market. Instead we decided to offer our guests the opportunity to purchase items hand made by artisans from the North, with products a bit different to the other stores on the Island. We work directly with the artists from these villages and give them, and you, a fair price. 

Giay Do paper is one of the best things to buy in Vietnam, it is made from a plant of the same name and has been produced using the same method for centuries. Our Giay Do paintings are truly special and have been sourced directly from Dong Ho village, a small community just outside Hanoi.

If you are looking for a gift that reflects Vietnamese traditions and culture, then look no further than Silk. We have been producing world class silk since the 15th Century. The key factor in the production of silk are silkworms, which feed on mulberry leaves to produce cocoons, then comes the long painstaking process of extraction and finally weaving the silk threads to produce the finished product. There are only a handful of villages that produce real, authentic silk in Vietnam. Ours comes from villagers in Van Phuc. 

With a uniquely curated collection we are positive you will find that perfect gift for yourself or a loved one to remember your time in Vietnam. Our friendly staff will be able to tell you the origin of every item in the store. 

We are passionate about protecting our beautiful Island and you will find no plastic bags or plastic wrapping in our shop- nor in the Theatre as a whole. We have banned any single use plastics and our working towards being an example in Phu Quoc- of correct recycling, upcycling and proper waste disposal 

Dining Experience

We provide a fine dining experience unlike anywhere else in Phu Quoc, dining inside our beautiful theatre pre show.   Our set menus have been carefully curated using only the finest ingredients to showcase the highlights of Northern Vietnamese cuisine. 

We have a selection of 4 course-menus on offer – 4 meat & fish, a Vegan  and a childrens option. We use no MSG or preservatives in our food and are proud that we achieve our flavors without them. 

Customers will enjoy the authentic taste of Northern food in a variety of dishes not readily available to tourists on the Island.

Drinking

Lemon Juice

Absolute Vodka, Triple Sec, Cranberry, Fresh Lime

Orange Juice

Absolute Vodka, Triple Sec, Cranberry, Fresh Lime

Lemongrass

Absolute Vodka, Triple Sec, Cranberry, Fresh Lime
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