Events & Happenings


+ It’s time again for TheatreWorks Writers’ Lab to go to the Community!

A TheatreWorks Writers’ Lab Community Project in partnership with the South East Community Development Council

Written by Jovi Tan Yit Long, Marco Polo was the winning play of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2013 (Youth Category), tours South East District from 27 February 2014 to 29 March 2014. This tour is directed by Sean Tobin and performed by Bright Ong and Ebi Shankara, with set design by Mohd Fared Jainal.

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TheatreWorks presents Sublime Monsters and Virtual Children by Brian Gothong Tan from 7 to 10 May 2014. With both an exhibition and performances, Sublime Monsters and Virtual Children will facilitate dialogue with audiences of how various street theatre and ritual art in Singapore and her South East Asian neighbours, shape our sense of identity and affect the way we choose to celebrate and honour the values we uphold. 

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TheatreWorks Writers’ Laboratory, in partnership with the South East Development Council presents a holistic and unique writing programme that serves the community while at the same time, harness the talents and creativity in the community. Writing & Community will organise Playwriting Workshops at 72-13 by renowned Playwright and Novelist, Tony Perez from 26 May to 31 May 2014; The Return of performance, Serunding from 6 to 8 June 2014 and the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2014 from 21 to 22 June 2014 at the Malay Heritage Centre!

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+ Serunding Returns

Join us once again for Serunding written by Ahmad Musta’ain Bin Khamis, winner of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2010 (Open Category) at the Malay Heritage Centre from 6 – 8 June 2014. It was the first winning play to premiere in two performances in South East and North East District in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Be entertained by the delightful Aidli Mosbit once again as this one-woman play stirs to life the voice of Safiah like a perfect dish of serunding.

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+ The 17th annual 24-Hour Playwriting Competition is back!
21 – 22 June 2014 at Malay Heritage Centre

The annual 24-Hour Playwriting Competition returns this June 2014. Held at the iconic Malay Heritage Centre situated in the heritage precinct of Kampong Gelam, its rich history embedded in the artefacts, installations and exhibitions will inspire you to create new writing.

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+ Nay Nai

TheatreWorks presents a new commission, Nay Nai by Pichet Klunchun Dance Company from 17 to 21 June 2014 at 72-13. Through classical and contemporary dance styled in the format of a high-energy competition and reality TV show, Nay Nai sets out to explore male-female roles during the reign of King Rama VI and how men and women today strive to be the ‘nay nai’ (gentlemen-in-waiting) in society, aiming to reach the apex of power and influence.

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+ Retrospective 
By Xavier Le Roy

In collaboration with Aaron Khek, Bernice Lee, Chan Sze Wei, Jereh Leong, Joavien Ng, Kai Eng, Loo Zihan, Max Chen, Melinda Lee, Mohd Fared Jainal, Norisham Osman, Scarlet Yu, Wiing Liu

TheatreWorks presents Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy from 25 July to 2 August 2014 at 72-13. Conceived as an exhibition, Retrospective is created by Xavier Le Roy with 12 Singapore dance artists. As a choreography of intimate movement & conversation, individual & group composed by situations, Retrospective invites both visitors and performers to experience how we use, consume and produce time. 

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TheatreWorks managing director, Tay Tong, was invited by Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Dutch Institute for creative industries, architecture, design and media cultures, to participate as a panelist at the ASEM Culture Network Meeting 2014 in the Netherlands from October 18th to October 21st 2014, parallel to the 6th Asia-Europe ministerial meeting (ASEM).

He was on the panel workshop “Cities: Entrepreneurship & Creative Crossovers in Rotterdam”, to create a vision for what the most entrepreneurial and creative city on earth would be like.

With a team of 9 other carefully selected creative industries representatives, they worked towards creating a vision for what the most entrepreneurial and creative city on earth would be like: which policies, instances and collaborations would this city need? The results will then be presented to an official audience at the ASEM ministerial meeting, as well as lead to an advisory report.

The event aimed to create a meeting place for knowledge exchange and opportunity for leading international professionals in the creative industries, with the aim of supporting practice and strategy in this sector.

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