Thai Folk Theatre’s Contribution to Wellness Support: A Case Study of Likay Performance for Hypertension Education


  • Anukoon Rotjanasuksomboona Department of Dance, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts and Excellence Center of Siam Cultural Education: Research and Social Innovation, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Pithi Chanvorachote Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand



Likay; Creative Production; Interdisciplinary Research; Community Empowerment; Arts for Health; Hypertension; Thailand


This work demonstrates the employment of Likay, a folk theatre performance, as an educational tool for promoting the awareness of hypertension in elderly Thais. Utilizing interdisciplinary approaches across the academic fields of health science and the performing arts, this project created a Likay production dealing with the topic of hypertension and related medical information. Fifty elderly people from the Ta Ma Prang subdistrict, Kaeng Khoi district of Saraburi province, Thailand, were included in this study. A survey questionnaire was distributed prior to and after the performance to monitor the improvement of understanding as well as the awareness of hypertension by the participants. Results showed that knowledge increased by about 10% as the pre-test score was 64 points, and the post-test score was 74 points out of 100 points. This work is a pioneering education tool for special groups suitable for specific interests which may contribute to the understanding of employing the creative arts and media in community empowerment, particularly for the elderly.


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2022-12-20 — Updated on 2023-01-13


How to Cite

Rotjanasuksomboona, Anukoon, and Pithi Chanvorachote. (2022) 2023. “Thai Folk Theatre’s Contribution to Wellness Support: A Case Study of Likay Performance for Hypertension Education”. Journal of Urban Culture Research 25 (January):135-46.