Before the play...
So, this is what a typical wayang stage looks like.
The very term "street opera" suggests impermanence: a temporary site, a hastily erected stage, a run of perhaps two or three days and nights. Historically, this has been largely true. The sites have been the forecourt of a temple, a car park in a housing estate, a plot of vacant land, a narrow street in Chinatown just wide enough to contain the stage. Every stage looks pretty much like any other (apart from the vertical columns of Chinese calligraphy identifying the troupe), and each one can be assembled in less than a day for a series of afternoon and evening performances that might last for two or three or, at most, four days.
After the stage is set up and decorated, it is time for the actors to move their props and costumes up the stage and prepare for their performance.