15 – 16 July 2023, 11am to 11am (24 hours)
Figment Club House (11 Lorong 24A Geylang)
$55/- (Inclusive of meals)
Registration form (Open until 10 July, 11:59pm)
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.
Youth Category: 15 – 18 years old
Open Category: 19 years and above
Prizes (For both categories):
First Prize: $350
Second Prize: $250
Third Prize: $150
11am – 1.30pm (New session)
3pm – 5.30pm (Fully subscribed)
72-13, Home of T:>Works
$30 (Participants of the playwriting competition enjoy 50% discount for the workshop at $15)
Registration form (Workshop only)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our warmest congratulations to the winners of the 2022 edition of the competition!
Yin Mei Lenden-Hitchcock with A Plastic Heart Won’t Break
Choy Chee Yew with Under the Fig Tree
Tay Woo Chiao with There are Worse Things to do on a Sunday
Raiya Basalamah with The Burden
Durva Gautam Kamdar with Pulau
Triparna Poddar with Rites of Spring
Aisha Zafirah Binte Noor Aisha with Saving the World
Ran Zhuo Er, Joelle with Where
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.
Youth: 15–18 years old
Open: 19 years and above
$55 (including transport to the tour sites and morning tea)
Prizes for each category (Youth and Open)
This event has concluded
SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR PARTICIPANTS
Enjoy a 50% discount to the annual T:>Works Writing Workshop on 9 July, 2 – 4.30pm.
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. Offered to the participants of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition at a 50% discount at $12 (U.P. $25)
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
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.