Conceived by Ong Keng Sen in 1990, the TheatreWorks Writers' Lab has been pioneering and is instrumental in encouraging and developing Singapore playwriting with its varied and far-reaching programmes. Headed by Robin Loon, The Writers' Lab aims to continually provide new and emerging playwrights opportunities to hone their creative writing skills. In addition, The Writers' Lab also maintains its R&D profile by affording established writers and Writers' Lab alumni an incubating environment to advance their new works . To date, the Writers' Lab has published 4 anthologies of new writings which serve as a resource for those wanting to stage Singapore plays. The last publication, 5 Under 25 was specially focused on writings for young people.  

The aim of the Writers' Lab Greenhouse are to discover, and nurture talent and potential, as well as provide training and honing skills for new playwrights. These writers will be selected from winners and entries from the Singapore Young Dramatists Award, and 24-hour Playwriting Competition, as well as through open auditions. Some scripts developed during the Greenhouse may also be staged.

The Writers' Lab Hothouse provides an incubation space to develop existing playwrights’ range of writing, as well as to explore new and experimental forms in writing. The Hothouse will play host to established writers and Writers' Lab alumni with the aim to explore the Singapore form and idiom through dramatic writing.

Writers' Lab Publications
TheatreWorks has published 5 compendiums of writings by playwrights from the Writers’ Lab. These publications serve as a resource for those interested in staging Singaporean plays, and those looking beyond standard texts. The year 1993 marks Writers’ Lab’s first publication, Fat Virgins, Fast Cars and Asian Values, which consists of plays that are diverse in theme and style, reflecting both Western and Asian influences. TheatreWorks subsequently published 2 other anthologies in 1995 and 1996. In 2003, TheatreWorks produced their fourth publication, 5 Under 25, comprising of prize-winning plays from the Writers’ Lab, specially focusing on writings for the young. In 2016, TheatreWorks published its latest compendium, Forty-Four Winning Plays from the TheatreWorks 24-Hour Playwriting Competition.

Fat Virgins, Fast Cars and Asian Values

Individual plays:
Bernard’s Story by Dana Lam
Lest The Demons Get To Me by Russell Heng Hiang Khng
Fast Cars and Fancy Women by Kwuan Loh
Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder by Robin Loon
Three Fat Virgins Unassembled by Ovidia Yu
Home by Tan Tarn How
Blood and Snow by Desmond Sim
Good Asian Values by Chng Suan Tze
Bra Sizes by Theresa Tan

Dirty Laundry, Mergers and Undercover

Individual plays:
Mergers and Accusations by Eleanor Wong
Undercover by Tan Tarn How
Dirty Laundry by Theresa Tan
Watching The Clouds Go By by Robin Loon
Others by Enrico Varella
Breaking Through by Lee Chee Keng
Cetecea by Otto Fong

Playful Phoenix: Women Write For The Singapore Stage
Edited by Chin Woon Ping

Individual plays:
The Woman in A Tree on the Hill by Ovidia Yu
Ordinary Woman by Dana Lam
Wills and Secession by Eleanor Wong
Family by Leow Puay Tin
Quiet The Gorilla by Tan Mei Ching
Diary Of A Madwoman by Chin Woon Ping

5 Under 25
Edited by K.K. Seet

Individual plays:
Hungry by Ng Yi Sheng
All The World’s A Stage by Wong Liang Wei
Footprints In The Sand by Talia Ong
Simon Says by Alex Ye Kentangn
The Road Runners by Leon Foo


Forty-four Winning Plays from the TheatreWorks 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 
Edited by Ng Yi-Sheng and Dan Koh

Featuring the Winning Playwrights of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition from 2008 to 2015

Go to for more info on our latest compendium.


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