Believed to have originated from Persia, Boria made its appearance in Penang in the later decades of the nineteenth century.
Boria incorporates the elements of dance, music and comic sketches. The troupe has a leader, a chorus, comedians and musicians.
A Boria performance begins with a comic sketch.
This is followed by a song and dance featuring a juxtaposition of choral and solo parts. The lyrics amplify the gist of the comic sketch.