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Upcoming: Writing & Community Programmes in 2016!

As we look back at 2015, TheatreWorks would like to thank everyone for your support over the past year. Through TheatreWorks Writers’ Laboratory Writing & Community Programme organized in partnership with our dedicated community partner South East Community Development Council, we presented range of programmes which serves the community and harness the talents in community. Some programmes presented in 2015 include: Performance Tour of Three Inches of Alive, 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2015 and our latest series workshops and dramatised readings of new plays developed at Writing From The Heart.

Here’s to recap our moments in 2015,

Upcoming in 2016, we have an exciting programme line-up for Writing & Community Programme! First up, we have the Performance Tour of Between Consciousness, which is the winning play in 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2015, Open Category. Written by Isaac Lim, this a two-performer playful piece which deals with struggles and how one overcomes the stigma of mental illness. Between Consciousness will tour to Mountbatten CC, Siglap South CC and Marine Parade CC in South East District  from February to March 2016.

Back by popular demand, Writing From The Heart, a series of playwriting workshops conducted by Tony Perez returns to 72-13 in April 2016. In addition, Tony Perez will be working with a handful of writers from the previous workshops to develop a new play which will in turn be further devised and developed into public dramatised readings.

Last but not least, we will be having our 19th edition of 24-Hour Playwriting Competition in July 2016.

Curious about the site of inspiration for the next competition? Follow our new blog at Writing and Community 2016 blog for more information and the latest updates on the programmes.

Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful 2016!

Serunding at Titian Budaya, KL


This Saturday, Serunding will be staged at Kuala Lumpur, as part of Titian Budaya. Serunding, written by Ahmad Musta’ain Bin Khamis, is the winning play of TheatreWorks’ 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2010 (Open category), and has since been performed at numerous venues in Singapore. It was the first winning play to premiere in Performance Tours to the South East District in 2010 and 2011, and North East District in 2011. The play was also staged at Malay Heritage Centre last year, to inspire and encourage participants at 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2014.

Starring the delightful and popular Aidli Mosbit once again, this one-woman play stirs to life the voice of Safiah like a perfect dish of serunding. Told through humour, food and many phone calls, Serunding draws us to the heart and pain of a mother’s love. A spicy sweet expression of the Singapore family caught at the centre of cultural values and modern living.

“…Serunding is a joy to watch—the personable Safiah talks animatedly to her audience throughout, interspersing her life story with equally-animated phone conversations with her fellow makcik friends.”

– Juliana June Rasul, The New Paper, 7 Dec 2010

“The script was artfully crafted, its warm tone sitting very well with the audience, who laughed and cried with the protagonist wholeheartedly.”

– Natalie Koh, The Business Times, 10 Dec 2010

Do find out more about the staging of Serunding by Titian Budaya at their website here.

Congratulations to the winners of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2015!


Photo Credit: Siles Khua

Finally, the long wait is over! Here are the results for 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2015. *Drumrolls…*

TheatreWorks congratulates all winners from this year’s competition.

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In Retrospect: Three Inches of Alive’s legacy

The seed of THREE INCHES OF ALIVE was sown in last year’s 24-Hour Playwriting Competition, which playwright Clarilyn Khoo participated in for the first time. Her script clinched the top award in the Open Category. Over the subsequent months, THREE INCHES OF ALIVE was developed into a full production by a professional creative and production team. Finally, from February to April 2015, embarked on a performance tour of the South East District, taking the play from pen to stage.

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Three Inches of Alive at Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

Yesterday morning, THREE INCHES OF ALIVE took to the stage for a final show at Cedar Girls’ Secondary School to the Secondary 4 cohort.

During the post-show discussion, many girls had comments and questions about the message and themes of the play. The creative team encouraged them to share their own interpretations, receiving many fresh, interesting perspectives.

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TWC2 and Dibashram visit us at Three Inches of Alive

TWC2 and Dibashram join us again at the 15 Mar, 3pm show

Migrant worker groups TWC2 and Dibashram are no strangers to TheatreWorks – they attended Tony Perez’s Writing from the Heart workshops last year, and we were delighted to continue our engagement with them at THREE INCHES OF ALIVE’s matinée show on 15 March. The performance touched many of them deeply, and they eagerly shared their appreciation for the show, telling us they found it to be a “captivating and engaging live performance”.

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South East District Mayor, Dr Maliki Osman joins us for Three Inches of Alive

Last Saturday afternoon, we were graced by Mayor of the South East District, Dr Maliki Osman, at THREE INCHES OF ALIVE.

In his address to the audience, Dr Maliki spoke on the 8-year-strong partnership between TheatreWorks and the South East CDC. He shared his belief in the importance of allowing the community to engage with and appreciate the Arts, and providing platforms for budding creatives to develop their craft and share their work.

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Berita Harian features Three Inches of Alive’s Mayor’s Show

Berita Harian, 17 May 2015, Tues

The caption reads:
Mayor of South East CDC, Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman, presents on the stage of ‘Three Inches of Alive’ at the Malay Heritage Centre regarding a community project involving the CDC and TheatreWorks.

(Translated by Nur Atiqah)

Looking back: The 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2014 at the Malay Heritage Centre

A group photo of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2014 at MHC

THREE INCHES OF ALIVE returns to the Malay Heritage Centre after the process of developing it into a full production, since its conception by playwright Clarilyn Khoo during the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition in June 2014. Let’s take a look back at last year’s competition.

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