Date(s) - 12/10/2015 - 25/10/2015
Prince Mahidol Hall
Eng-Chang the Musical is based on the lives of the Siamese twins, Eng-Chang Bunker. The conjoined twins were born on May 11, 1811, in the province of Samutsongkram, near Bangkok, during the reign of Phra Phutthaloetla Naphalai or King Rama II. The brothers were joined at the sternum by a small piece of cartilage, for this reason the two had to coordinate their efforts in every aspect of their daily lives and plans for the future.
The musical focuses on the lives of Eng and Chang, from their troubled childhood, where their neighbor believed that they were “a bad luck omen.” Sadly, they suffered years of rejection and outcast by people around them because of their unusual appearance. But with the love and support of their mother, they were able to live normal and productive lives. During their teenage years, they were able to work and support their family financially. Their lives took an unexpected turn when they were summoned to the Royal Palace to appear before the King Rama III of Siam who was delighted to meet them and sent them as envoys to the Kingdom of Cochin China.
In 1829, Robert Hunter (Nai-Hun-Trae), a Scottish merchant who lived in Bangkok, saw the twins swimming and realized their money making potential. He convinced their mother that her boys’ future and prosperity lay beyond Siam. Hunter partnered with Captain Coffin and offered to pay the twins’ mother to permit them to exhibit their sons as a curiosity on an America tour. Eng-Chang’s mother refused to accept the deal at first, but was told that there was a good surgeon who might be able to separate the twins. During their journey to America, the twins studied English with the sailors.
Their first show was in Boston, then in Providence and New York respectively. Eng and Chang did not want their show to be a kind of “freak show”, which was common during that time, so they demonstrated and surprised the audiences with their intelligence and creativity.
Special Salaya Link shuttles are available for all Eng Chang the Musical performance dates. For details of Salaya Link shuttle bus schedule, please visit http://www.music.mahidol.ac.th/salayalink