T:>Works 24-Hour Playwriting Competition Tea

4 February 2023, 4pm to 6pm

72-13, Home of T:>Works

T:>Works celebrates the winners of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2022 with a gathering of past participants, friends and fellow theatre makers. There will also be staged readings of selected scripts directed by Cherilyn Woo and Noorlinah Mohamed with actors Isabella Chiam, Hang Qian Chou, Al-Matin Yatim, Yazid Jalil and Ching Shu Yi.

If you would like to join us, write to us at 24pwc.tworks@gmail.com.

Winners of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2022

Our warmest congratulations to the winners of the 2022 edition of the competition!


Second prize
Yin Mei Lenden-Hitchcock with A Plastic Heart Won’t Break

Third prize
Choy Chee Yew with Under the Fig Tree

Special mentions
Tay Woo Chiao with There are Worse Things to do on a Sunday
Raiya Basalamah with The Burden


First prize
Durva Gautam Kamdar with Pulau

Second prize
Triparna Poddar with Rites of Spring

Third prize
Aisha Zafirah Binte Noor Aisha with Saving the World

Special mention
Ran Zhuo Er, Joelle with Where

T:>Works 24-Hour Playwriting Competition

This event has concluded.

16–17 July 2022, 11am to 11am


After stimulating site visits to Green Circle Eco-Farm or Magorium to kick off your journey, you will write your script in the comfort of your own home. But you won’t go at it alone. Participants and organisers will be a part of a Telegram community, where conversations and meals over text, voice calls or video calls can take place. This virtual gathering site offers room for support, play, and resource-sharing alongside your writing process.

In classic competition tradition, the themed element will be revealed on the day of the competition, and various stimuli will be provided throughout the 24 hours, which you will need to incorporate into your script. Your submitted script can be a 10 to 20 min performance piece (est. 8-15 pages). We welcome you to let your imagination run wild — to write plays for stage, digital and hybrid possibilities.

Winners may get a chance to see their winning entries staged by T:>Works! An added bonus: mentorship and support by established playwrights, directors, actors and producers to develop the works for either ‘live’ and/or digital stages.

Competition Categories:
Youth: 15–18 years old
Open: 19 years and above

Registration Fee:
$55 (including transport to the tour sites and morning tea)

Prizes for each category (Youth and Open)
1st: $350
2nd: $250
3rd: $150

Enjoy a 50% discount to the annual T:>Works Writing Workshop on 9 July, 2 – 4.30pm.

Writing Workshop: Shifting Perspectives
This event has concluded.
Saturday, 9 July, 2–4.30pm.
Venue: Online via Zoom
Reading materials will be emailed to participants prior to the start of the workshop. 
This year, the workshop is centred on the shifting of perspectives away from the anthropocentric toward more liberating and loving ways of seeing. It will be led by Esther Vincent Xueming, the author of Red Earth (Blue Cactus Press, 2021) and editor-in-chief and founder of The Tiger Moth Review. She is co-editor of Making Kin: Ecofeminist Essays from Singapore (Ethos Books, 2021) and two poetry anthologies, Poetry Moves (Ethos Books, 2020) and Little Things (Ethos Books, 2013).
This 2-hour online workshop is followed by a 30-minute chat with Esther Vincent Xueming, Ang Kia Yee and moderated by Noorlinah Mohamed. The conversation explores the translation of one genre’s writing perspective on other writing genres.


Jean Tay graduated with a double-degree in creative writing and economics from Brown University, USA.  She has written over 20 plays and musicals, including “Chinatown Crossings”, “The Shape of a Bird”, “Senang”, “Sisters”, “Everything but the Brain” , “Boom” and  “Plunge”.  Jean also wrote the books for the musicals “Great Wall: One Woman’s Journey”, “The Admiral’s Odyssey”, and “Man of Letters”.  Her plays have been performed in Singapore, US, UK, and Italy.  She has been nominated four times for Best Original Script for the Life! Theatre Awards, and won for “Everything But the Brain” in 2006.  Her plays “Everything but the Brain” and “Boom” have been used as ‘O’ and ‘N’ Level literature texts for secondary schools. Jean is the founding Artistic Director of Saga Seed Theatre, which aims to provide a platform for new writing in Singapore.

Nabilah is a playwright, editor and poet. Recent work includes “Angkat” (2019), which won Best Original Script at the 2020 Life Theatre Awards, and “Inside Voices”, which won the Outstanding New Work award at London’s VAULT Festival 2019. She was a dramaturg for “Where Are You?”, directed by Sim Yan Ying, which was presented under WILD Rice’s Directors’ Residency Programme in 2021. She has also presented work with companies such as Teater Ekamatra, The Necessary Stage and Bhumi Collective. She is the founder of collectives Main Tulis Group and Rupa co.lab. Nabilah is the former editor of regional arts website ArtsEquator. She has an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths, University of London. nabilahsaid.com 

Cherilyn is a Freelance Theatre Director and Writer based in Singapore who has worked with various professional companies like Nine Years Theatre (NYT), Singapore Repertory Theatre, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and The Arts House. Her most recent directing credits are: Order on the Go (The Entity), The Sound Inside (SRT), and Oedipus (NYT). Aside from adapting classics for her works with NYT, she also writes rap for performances with Patch and Punnet. Under the collective Issy x Cher, she has written two versions of A Collection of Things, one for live performance and another for an interactive experience in Serangoon Gardens using Telegram. www.cherilynwoo.com

Conceptualised by Ang Kia Yee:
In collaboration with noorlinah Mohamed

Ang Kia Yee is a Singapore-based transdisciplinary poet and performance-maker. They work primarily with text and movement, though they sometimes tend to their affinity with inanimate objects. They often speak and move within the spaces of desire, speculation, futurity and ecology, with undercurrents of love and deep time. They previously participated and won prizes in the 24-Hour Playwriting Competitions of 2013, 2015, and 2018. Most recently, they were a New Scripts resident playwright at Centre 42 for their script titled “Lovers Text Lovers”. This year’s 24-Hour Playwriting Competition is conceptualised by Ang Kia Yee.

An award-winning actress of stage, television, and film, Noorlinah Mohamed has worked in Asia, Europe, and the US. She is also a teaching artist, and a consultant in arts pedagogy with a PhD in Arts Education from the University of Warwick. Noorlinah is a recipient of the JCCI Cultural Award (2008) and the Women’s Weekly Women of our Time Award (2005) for her contributions to the arts. She was one of the featured women artists in the 2019 season of T:>Works (formerly known as TheatreWorks). Currently, she is the Artistic Director of N.O.W. – not ordinary work. It’s a three-week long festival of women presented by T:>Works.

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