24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2023

15–16 July 2023, 11am–11am (24 hours)

Figment Club House (11 Lorong 24A Geylang)

Registration Fee:
$55/- (Inclusive of meals)

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The much loved, annual 24-Hour Playwriting Competition invites you to be part of its 2023 edition! This year the competition returns to the on-site sleepover at Figment Club House. Situated in the heart of a quaint street in Geylang, Figment Club House is one of the eight carefully conserved shophouses that seamlessly integrates contemporary design and creative functionality with the traditional charm of the archetypal shophouse form. It serves as a platform for cultural expression, within a neighbourhood full of eclectic, historical richness, quirky charm and old-world calm.

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 minutes 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 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 Category: 15–18 years old
Open Category: 19 years and above

Prizes (Youth Category):
First Prize: S$350
Second Prize: S$250
Third Prize: S$150 

Prizes (Open Category):
First Prize: S$350 + a one-year membership to Figment Arts Club
Second Prize: S$250
Third Prize: S$150 

Plus a one-year membership to Figment Arts Club.

Don’t Fret. Just Write.: Playwriting Workshop by Chong Tze Chien

11am–1.30pm (New session)
3pm–5.30pm (Fully subscribed)

72-13, Home of T:>Works

Workshop Fee:
$30 (Participants of the playwriting competition enjoy 50% discount for the workshop at $15)

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Participate in our playwriting workshop Don’t fret. Just write. by playwright and director Chong Tze Chien!

Chong Tze Chien invites emerging and new writers, and any one interested in scriptwriting as a medium, to attend this 2.5-hour workshop. Aptly titled Don’t fret. Just write., it encourages playfulness with the craft of writing. Tze Chien shares strategies to fire the imagination and create space for writing flow – a space and time where the subconscious connect with the conscious state. If you think you have a story to tell and need an entry point to begin writing, then this workshop is just the starter for you.

A graduate from the NUS theatre studies programme, Tze Chien is the Artistic Director of NUS Stage, a core member of The Finger Players and an award-winning playwright/director. Some of the awards he has won include the Singapore Dramatist Award and The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards. His plays have been staged in Singapore, UK, Budapest, Taiwan and Japan. He has two collections of plays containing critically acclaimed plays such as Charged (The Business Times’ top ten Singapore play of all time) and PIE. For his contributions to Singapore Theatre, he was awarded the Young Artist Award 2006 by Singapore’s National Arts Council.

Don’t fret. Just write. is part of T:>Works’ 24-Hour Playwriting Competition preparatory processes.

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