As interpreted and re-scripted by the Thais as their very own RAMAKIAN, this can range from a shadow play puppet show (NANG-YAI) to a full-scale all-singing, all-dancing lavish spectacular with the performers characterized by dazzling costumes and incredible handmade papier-m?ch? masks for a cast of about 300. Everything goes into the performance: Music, Dancing, High Drama, Low Drama, Soap Opera and Pantomime.
The KHON can last for up to seven hundred hours, so it is usually performed in sections or favorite episodes as the audience knows it all by heart anyway. Rather like being at a major ballgame and seeing your favorite team win their best-ever victory over and over again.