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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!

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.

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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The Business Times has published an article on Writings from The Heart!


The Business Times, 10 July 2015, Friday
Arts, page 33

Today’s edition of The Business Times features an article on Writings from The Heart. Cheah Ui- Hoon writes about the various inspirations, experiences and thoughts of the playwrights. Here are some key quotes.

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Bringing theatre to the community: Three Inches of Alive

THREE INCHES OF ALIVE – what does it mean to leave behind a legacy only to be summed up in just three inches of paragraphs within our common history textbooks? How much can we really know of a person just by facts or archives collated from the past? The winning play from the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2014, written by playwright Clarilyn Khoo, brings to light this very issue of remembering our Singaporean pioneers.

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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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The 24-Hour Playwriting Competition returns on 6 & 7 June 2015!

24 Hr Writing 2015 flyer ARTp no border copy

The annual TheatreWorks 24-Hour Playwriting Competition is here again! This 18th edition will be on the weekend on the 6 and 7 June 2015. And this year’s site of inspiration? The Institute of Mental Health or IMH. Known for its lush greenery and peaceful grounds, the IMH provides a serene and calm environment which may offer fresh inspirations and ideas that you may just be looking for!

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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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