Hokkien opera troupe Xiao Kee Lin to take final bow on Saturday night after 70 years

Mdm Xio Kim Kee (second from right) looks into the camera as their troupe expressed thanks to their fans for their support.
Mdm Xio Kim Kee (second from right) looks into the camera as their troupe expressed thanks to their fans for their support.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Mdm Xio Kim Kee (far left) waves as their troupe expresses thanks to their fans.
Mdm Xio Kim Kee (far left) waves as their troupe expresses thanks to their fans.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Xiao Kee Lin opera troupe's last performance fronted by Mdm Xio Kim Kee.
Xiao Kee Lin opera troupe's last performance fronted by Mdm Xio Kim Kee.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Mdm Xio Kim Kee (right) does final touches to her make-up.
Mdm Xio Kim Kee (right) does final touches to her make-up.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
A troupe member helps Mdm Xio Kim Kee (left) with her head gear.
A troupe member helps Mdm Xio Kim Kee (left) with her head gear.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
A fan of Xiao Kee Lin opera troupe teared as Mdm Xio Kim Kee, who fronts the troupe, went into the crowd to express thanks to the troupe's fans.
A fan of Xiao Kee Lin opera troupe teared as Mdm Xio Kim Kee, who fronts the troupe, went into the crowd to express thanks to the troupe's fans.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Troupe leader Madam Xio Kim Kee (centre) said she can no longer physically sustain the business.
Troupe leader Madam Xio Kim Kee (centre) said she can no longer physically sustain the business.PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - The working crowd in MacPherson walks by a large white tent, oblivious to the colourful scene unfolding within it.

Behind a stage set up in front of rows of red plastic chairs, performers donning elaborate headgear, wigs, and glittery robes are applying the final touches.

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