24-Hour Playwriting Competition at Haw Par Villa

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Do you have an idea for a play brewing in your mind?

TheatreWorks’ ever-popular 24-Hour Playwriting Competition returns and challenges you to write a play within 24 hours!

In its 21st edition, we will challenge our participants to make this year’s iconic venue a foundation of their new plays.

This year’s 24-Hour Playwriting Competition will be held at the sprawling grounds of Haw Par Villa, a place filled with ancient Chinese mythology, folklore and history!

Immerse yourself in this Asian cultural park, the last of its kind in the world. Built in 1937, Singapore’s largest outdoor art gallery is the brainchild of Aw Boon Haw, the millionaire philanthropist and marketing extraordinaire who gifted us Tiger Balm.

Look out for Chinese classics such as Journey to the West and Madame White Snake and brave through the gruesome depictions of the 10 Courts of Hell. Discover all the wonders at Haw Par Villa during the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition!

The 24-Hour Playwriting Competition is a platform for TheatreWorks Writers’ Lab to discover potential playwrights. One of the winners will have his/her play developed into a full production by theatre professionals. This production will be taken on a performance tour to the South East District in the first quarter of 2019.


Date: 14 – 15 July 2018
Time: 4pm – 4pm
Venue: Haw Paw Vila, 262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118628

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

Registration Fees:
Youth: $40
Open: $55

Prizes for each category:
1st: $700
2nd: $500
3rd: $300
Merit: $100

Download the registration form here today: Registration Form 2018. And email it to us at  writerslab@theatreworks.org.sg


The 24-Hour Playwriting Competition is part of TheatreWorks Writers’ Lab Month. Read more about our other programmes here:


About TheatreWorks Writers’ Lab

Conceived by Artistic Director Ong Keng Sen in 1990, the Writers’ Lab has been pioneering in encouraging and developing Singapore playwriting with its varied as well as far-reaching programmes. The Writers’ Lab aims to provide exceptional first-time and emerging playwrights with opportunities to hone their creative writing skills through an incubating environment.

Presented by
TheatreWorks (Singapore) Ltd

Community Partner
South East Community Development Council  

Venue Partner
Haw Par Villa

With Support from
National Arts Council
Cultural Matching Fund
Kwan Imm Thong Hood Cho Temple

TheatreWorks (S) Ltd is supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Grant Scheme for the period from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2019.

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