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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!

Review on Serunding at Titian Budaya


Last weekend, Serunding written by Ahmad Musta’ain Bin Khamis, prize winning play of the TheatreWorks’ 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2010 (Open Category) was performed in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) as part of Titian Budaya.

“Thanks to its striking honesty, amusing anecdotes, and a stellar turn from Alin, Serunding was a highly-rewarding staging on top of a great example of English-language Malay literature kept simple and effective.”

– Deric Ect, The Daily Seni, 14 Dec 2015

To read the full review by The Daily Seni, go to http://www.dailyseni.com.my/v3/editorial/performing/review-ahmad-mustaain-bin-khamiss-serunding-leaves-us-wanting-more/

Thank you Titian Budaya for presenting the show, and Deric Ect for sharing your thoughts!

We Discuss Writings from The Heart

The post show discussion of Writings from The Heart shed light on the playwrights experience and the content of their plays which highlighted existing social issues through the characters. For them, the post show discussion was vital in aiding the development of their scripts as the comments and thoughts from the audience allowed them to reflect, edit and question sections of their work and the portrayal of their characters.

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It’s A Wrap! Writings from The Heart

On 10- 11 July, I had the opportunity to film Writings from The Heart. Writings from The Heart  first began as a workshop by Tony Perez, an internationally renowned Filipino playwright and artist. Following the workshop, between June 2014 to March 2015, he then provided dramaturgical mentorship to the eight playwrights where these scripts were developed. Prior the the public readings of these plays, there was a closed door reading in May that gave the opportunity for the playwrights to hear their works and subsequently edit them. It was undoubtedly an enjoyable experience attending the premiere of these new plays. After sitting in the rehearsal for My Mother Buys Condoms earlier that week, I was curious to see the rest.

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National Health Group (NHG) Lifewise features TheatreWorks’ 24 Hour Playwriting Competition!


Earlier in June, TheatreWorks held its annual 24 Hour Playwriting Competition for the first time at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in partnership with the South East Community Development Council.

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Writings from The Heart: The Audience Experience

Over the weekend, we had Writings from The Heart at 72-13. It was incredible and fascinating to see how these 9 plays, despite their vast and varying subject matter shared certain similarities with each other. Conventional characters in unconventional situations, dashed dreams, missing memories, fragmented realities- these were just a few of the common threads in the the plays that premiered. Each one definitely had its thought provoking moments which greatly fueled the post show discussion with the director, actors, playwrights and audience. After the readings, we interviewed some audience members who shared their thoughts with us on the plays they watched. It was interesting to hear the personal audience response that garnered varying perspectives of their perception of the play and what resonated with them.

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Writings from The Heart: Play Synopses

With Writings from The Heart happening this weekend, many might be wondering what exactly would these array of plays have to offer. Well, ponder no more! Here are the play synopses for the nine brand new plays written by the playwrights who developed them after their 6 month dramaturgy programme with Tony Perez, a renowned Filipino playwright, novelist and visual artist.

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Writings From The Heart @ 72-13

Writings from the Heart

Readings of new plays by Chan Li-Shan, Eliete Vivino, Gabriel Lim, Helmi Yusof, Liow De Jun, Mayura Baweja, Samantha Chia and Serene Tan

Date: 10 – 11 July 2015

Venue: 72-13, Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007

Free Admission

Register your seats via http://tworksreadingsjuly2015.eventbrite.sg

This weekend, nine plays will come alive this July through a series of Public Readings right here at 72-13. This is a culmination of a creative process, which began with a 6-day interactive Writing From The Heart workshop led by renowned playwright Tony Perez in May 2014. Following the workshop, eight writers continued on a 6-month dramaturgy programme mentored by Tony Perez, where these scripts were developed.

These eight passionate writers have diverse backgrounds, and range from students to professionals. They are: Chan Li-Shan, Eliete Vivino, Gabriel Lim, Helmi Yusof, Liow De Jun, Mayura Baweja, Samantha Chia and Serene Tan. Many drew inspiration from our very own Singaporean playwrights and were motivated to give a voice to the countless stories and issues found within the community.

The plays present an array of pertinent topics such as love, family, friendship to race and gender; which will move audiences and draw peals of laughter. Mark your calendars from 10 – 11 July for the premiere of these new plays!

Directed by Irfan Kasban and performed by Daphne Ong, Faizal Abdullah, Rachel Poh, Siti Zuraida, Thomas Lim and Yazid Jalil

What are you waiting for? Register now to save a seat!

Looking back: 24-Hour Playwriting Competition

The 24-HOUR PLAYWRITING COMPETITION has had a long list of history under its name, with the very first edition making a grand entrance in mid-1997. From a small event that was only known among the regular theatre-goers, the competition quickly expanded into the heart of the community.

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24-Hour Playwriting – What It Was Like (Part 2)

Are you still experiencing withdrawal symptoms from our 24-HOUR PLAYWRITING COMPETITION 2015? Reeling in from the exciting weekend at the Institute of Mental Health, we have received many enthusiastic responses from our participants!

Following the last post by Wei Qi, our ambassador Iris Chia-Khanashat stepped up to the plate to share her own perspective of the competition. Read on to find out her thoughts and observations!

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