Vic Hua Hin
Patravadi Mejudhon, renowned actress, director, playwright and founder of the Legendary Patravadi Theatre in Bangkok added new chapters to Thailand’s history of performing arts and education by creating an imaginative arts complex, Vic Hua Hin, in 2010.
Vic Hua Hin is a new institution for arts and culture for the new generation. Patravadi Mejudhon’s vision is to create a comprehensive arts complex where art and culture is learned, shared, enjoyed and exchanged, for Thai and international visitors, students and artists alike. There are various spaces in the compound such as an indoor an outdoor theatre a puppet theatre, gallery, school, accommodation, and restaurant.
The 30-rai space of Vic Hua Hin was originally the land of Khunying Supatra Singholaka, a businesswoman with the soul of an artist and a mother who understood her children. She had not only encouraged her daughter, Patravadi Mejudon, to take up performing arts, but urged her to build her own theatre, so that Patravadi could share and create invaluable learning opportunities for others. Patravadi built her first theatre in 1992, in Bangkok, Patravadi Theatre. It has been the cradle for many renowned performing artists in Thailand, and an important platform for showcasing international productions.
With the experience gained in Patravadi Theatre, Patravadi Mejudhon created the VIC Hua Hin as a big-scale comprehensive arts complex. It is the classroom, playground, home, laboratory and school for students of Patravadi School Hua Hin. It is also a multi-purpose hub that provides studios, theatres, accommodation, gallery, and seminar spaces for Thai and international artists.
Patravadi Medjudhon pledges to make Vic Hua Hin an invaluable asset to Thailand and the world of art.
Honoured by the gracious presence of HRH Srirasmi and Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, Vic Hua Hin was inaugurated on 22 January 2010 together with the opening of 10th edition of Fringe Festival 2010 @ Hua Hin.
At the opening ceremony, music instrument made from recycled plastic pipes, designed by students from The Scrap Lab co-founded by Dr Singh Intrachooto from Kasetsart University, was used. Five weekends of concerts, musical, dance, puppetry and workshops from Thailand, the US, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan were performed to celebrate the occasion.
The word “Vic” comes from “Old Vic”, the common name for London’s famous Royal Victorian Theatre founded in 19th century. “Hua Hin” is the district where the art complex is located in the province of Prachuap Kirikhan, Thailand. Hua Hin is an idyllic beachside resort town, where royal residences like Maruekatayawan Palace and Klai Kangwon Palace have been built since the reign of Rama VI. Hua Hin is also the cradle of His Majesty the King Bhumibol’s (Rama 9) many royal projects. For their love towards their King, Hua Hin has a special place in the hearts of Thai people.
the founder and artistic director of Patravadi Theatre in Bangkok, is an award-winning actress, playwright-director-producer, well-respected mentor, and an advocate for cultural policy in Thailand. Trained in Thai classical dance and singing since she was a child, Mejudhon furthered her training in western style theatre and dance with various schools and masters in England, New York, and Canada. Patravadi experiments the fusion of traditional Thai elements with contemporary theatre presentation techniques to create her signature style of contemporary Thai theatre. She also uses theatre to promote the understanding of Buddhist phelosophy, and she founded the Dhamma Theatre Foundation under the patronage of His Holiness The Supreme Patriarch.
Her dedication and commitment to the development of Thai performing arts has won her the prestigious “Golden Sithi Tada Award” from HRH Princess Sirindhorn the national artist awards as well as the French Chevalier. Her works have been invited to represent Thailand in many international occurrences. Her latest project, Vic Hua Hin, is a large scale comprehensive art complex that houses Patravadi School Hua Hin, a school that teaches normal curriculum with a creative approach.