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TheatreWorks presents THE GOOD FARMER, a winning play of 2017’s 24-Hour Playwriting Competition

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Written by Christopher Chee | Directed by Grace Kalaiselvi

TheatreWorks’ Performance Tour is back in March this year! We bring to the community The Good Farmer, a winning play from TheatreWorks’ well-established 24-Hour Playwriting Competition in 2017.

Touring since 2009, the Performance Tour has featured social issues that resonate with audiences in the heartlands. In the past years, we have dealt with issues such as mental health, mixed marriages and their prejudices, and inter-generational relationships, to name a few. With The Good Farmer, TheatreWorks continues its commitment to raise awareness of human and social issues through the arts and to provide an open and inviting platform for the discussion of these topics.

The Good Farmer explores sibling rivalry and favouritism in the family. Tensions arise when twin brothers Jacob and Joseph are placed into different streams after Primary Four, and Jacob begins to feel that their father favours his twin, Joseph.

Playwright Christopher shares, “The Good Farmer is partly inspired by my experience growing up as an elder sibling, as well as by conversations with relatives and friends about their opinions of being treated or treating themselves according to the order of their birth. The position of the elder sibling is rather paradoxical; you are expected to perform better than your younger siblings despite your parents’ lack of parenting experience and the lack of older siblings to learn from. As an older sibling you are expected to be taller, wiser, stronger and more responsible just on the basis of age”.

It’s inevitable that siblings are compared to one another, but where do you draw the line? Is sibling rivalry considered healthy competition? What if that’s mixed together with favouritism? Will Dad ever admit that he has a favourite?

The Good Farmer brings up questions about family, relationships and attitudes that many people choose not to answer…

As part of the performances, post-show discussions after each performance will be held. We hope that the performance becomes a catalyst for audiences to reflect and discuss the issues brought up during the play.

Jacob Teo and Joseph Teo, identical twins but born minutes apart. Jacob on 30th June and Joseph on 1st July.Out of convenience, their birthdays were celebrated on the same day each year on 1st July… starting from when they were 11, the year they were separated into EM1 and EM2, all the way till adulthood.

One child excelled in his studies while the other struggled to keep up.  Average Jacob Teo versus Public Service Commission scholar Joseph Teo.

Was it favouritism or inferiority complex that made them different? And what happens when one child goes missing? The Good Farmer, brings up questions that many people choose not to answer.

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Performance Details:

Marine Parade Community Centre, Theatrette
8 Mar, Thu, 8pm
9 Mar, Fri, 8pm
10 Mar, Sat, 3pm & 8pm

Mountbatten Community Centre, Performance Centre
15 Mar, Thu, 8pm
16 Mar, Fri, 8pm
17 Mar, Sat, 3pm & 8pm

SingPost Centre, Theatrette
23 Mar, Fri, 3pm & 8pm
24 Mar, Sat, 3pm & 8pm


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TheatreWorks 24-Hour Playwriting Competition is back!

The much-awaited TheatreWorks’ 24-Hour Playwriting Competition is back! This unique Competition marks a milestone this year as we celebrate its 20th edition!

The site of the competition has always been quirky and inspiring, and it is no exception this year. To be held at the rustically inspiring Kampung Kampus, Home of Ground-Up Initiative, the site is surrounded by lush greenery and fertile ground – a place for developing and practising sustainable living methods.

Who knows, these 24 hours at Kampung Kampus may not only inspire your writing, but it may also change your perception and attitude to life. Especially with the advent of climate change, the advent of global populist and protectionist trends, how are we to respond? Can we, in our own ways, make an impact?

The competition, as in previous years, is a platform to discover potential playwrights in our midst.  One of the winners will have his / her play developed by theatre professionals and produced in full. This production will be taken on a performance tour to the South East District in the first quarter of 2018.

Competition Details: 
Date: 16 – 17 Sep 2017
Time: 4pm – 4pm
Venue: Kampung Kampus, Home of Ground-Up Initiative – 91 Lorong Chencharu, Singapore 769201

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

Registration Fee: 
Youth Category: S$40
Open Category: S$55

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

To register, please download and fill up the registration form here and email it to ezzat@theatreworks.org.sg by 3 Sep 2016.

There will only be 70 slots available for the competition.

The 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2017 is presented as part of TheatreWorks Writers’ Laboratory Writing & Community Programme, in partnership with the South East Community Development Council. Writing & Community is a holistic, unique programme that serves the community through harnessing individual talents and creatives.

Writing & Community is a strand of TheatreWorks Engagement to encourage audience appreciation of the Arts, and deepen the knowledge of its patrons as well as stakeholders.

Come speak with Associate Artist Eng Kai Er tomorrow!

As you probably would have seen from our Facebook Page, we will be starting off our 2017 season with an engaging artist talk by Eng Kai Er – our very own Associate Artist!

‘A Conversation with Eng Kai Er’ will be happening tomorrow, 5 April 2017, 8pm at 72-13, Mohamed Sultan Road. Admission is free, but for a hassle-free registration do reserve your seats by emailing ezzat@theatreworks.org.sg  or you could also just walk in tomorrow too!

More on the talk – Kai will be sharing on her latest venture in running a performing arts studio – Make It Share It (MISI). Other than discussing MISI’s programmes from a personal perspective, Kai will also be expressing her love and thinking of body-based communication, performance, and labour; as well as her thoughts of exclusion/inclusion in the performing arts, and the conditions of the current arts ecosystem.

Here’s a little sneak peak on what Kai will be presenting tomorrow!


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Don’t miss out on this session as Eng Kai Er highlights the parallels and contradictions between performance-making and running a studio.

Come broaden and share your perspectives with us on Kai’s talk tomorrow!

This talk is organised as part of Eng Kai Er’s Associateship with TheatreWorks – a platform to nurture and build the creative capacity of performance makers.

PopSpoken: Raemae Kok Tackling Racism In Her Play ‘Mixed’

Thank you to Popspoken & Dawn Teo for speaking with Raemae, playwright of our Performance Tour of Mixed.

A play about the racial divide and shedding light on interracial marriages, Mixed is Raemae Kok‘s entry for the TheatreWorks 19th Annual 24-Hour Playwriting Competition in 2016Youth Category. Being one of the winning entries, the play has been staged at various locations since February 2017. Starting conversations and opening up a topic that the nation conveniently sweeps under the carpet, we applaud the heart and effort behind the play and this staging………

Read the whole article here: Raemae Kok Tackling Racism In Her Play ‘Mixed’

We’ve had two great weeks of Mixed – first at Marine Parade CC and then at the Eurasian Community House. This week we’re at our last venue – Mountbatten CC!

We are fully subscribed for Mountbatten CC but please try your luck at the door as we will have some return tickets!

9 Mar 2017 – 8pm
10 Mar 2017 – pm
11 Mar 2017 – 3pm & 8pm

Find out more about this performance today! 

Grey Matters will be at 72-13!

This performance is a new specially tailored pilot programme for schools exploring the issue of stress and how it affects students’ mental health. Tackling perceptions that ‘young people do not go through stress’ and misconceptions that ‘people who go for counselling are crazy’ – Grey Mattersaims to better prepare and equip students with the ability to cope with increasing amount of stress.

Grey Matters is a new programme presented as part of TheatreWorks’ Writers’ Laboratory Writing & Community Programme in partnership with the South East Community Development Council.

Grey Matters traces the journey of Damien, who faces the stresses of adjusting to major changes in his life, such as preparing for a national exam, fulfilling his leadership role in his CCAs and living up to the expectations of his family, friends and teachers. Damien neglects to properly take care of his mental health, and when it all becomes too much, he opens a mental first aid kit that he found under his table.

While we are familiar with physical illnesses and injuries, we often forget that our mental health needs to be taken care of as well. Grey Matters hopes to not only provide coping strategies for periods of intense stress, but also as we go about our daily lives. After all, our grey matter matters.

Public Performance Details:
15 February 2017
3pm, 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road Singapore 239007

Approximately 60mins with a post-show discussion

Please email ezzat@theatreworks.org.sg or call 6737-7213 (Ezzat) to request for an invitation.

Written & directed by Thomas Lim
Performed  by Ali Anwar, Fiona Lim, Kimberly Arriola and Matthew Fam

Visit our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/TheatreWorksSg and our blog at https://writingandcommunity2017.wordpress.com/ to find out more.

About the TheatreWorks Writers’ Lab Writing & Community Programme

The presentation of Mixed is part of TheatreWorks’ Writing & Community Programme in partnership with the South East Community Development Council to nurture and develop new playwrights from the community. Writing & Community is a holistic, unique writing programme that serves the community through harnessing the talents and creativity in the community.

Writing & Community is a strand of TheatreWorks Engagement to encourage audience appreciation of the Arts, and deepen the knowledge of its patrons as well as stakeholders.

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Tackling issues head on: TheatreWorks Engagement programmes unpack themes of interracial marriage and mental health

TheatreWorks Engagement programmes aim to challenge perceptions and misconceptions through two new performances.

A specially crafted pilot programme will be brought to eight schools this February exploring the issue of stress and how it affects students’ mental health. From the pressures of school, family and friends, students face an ever-increasing amount of stress. Tackling perceptions that ‘young people do not go through stress’ and misconceptions that ‘people who go for counseling are crazy’, this pilot programme – Grey Matters, aims to better prepare and equip students with the ability to cope though periods of increased stress through a three –pronged approach:

  • A performance – allowing students easy access to the subject matter;
  • A post-show dialogue to open up a platform for discussion and provide self-care tips to manage stress;
  • An activity pack, allowing teachers the opportunity to delve deeper into stress and stress management, giving students a chance to practise these stress management techniques firsthand.

While the importance of mental health has been on the rise, race has always been a part of Singapore’s history, and remains a key part of a person’s identity from the day they are born through their entire lives.

Part of TheatreWorks’ annual Performance Tour, Mixed, a winning play from the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2016 will tour the South East District from 23 February to 11 March.

From moments of racial discrimination to disownment, this heartfelt piece explores the challenges of interracial marriage in Singapore. It follows the story of Anika and her family as they navigate the difficulties of being a mixed family.

We invite the public to join us in the post-show dialogues as we address issues of race, discrimination and family expectations. For selected performances, join us in talks with invited guests who have personal experience of being discriminated.

TheatreWorks hopes that these new programmes and performances will become the catalyst for audiences to reflect and discuss critical issues related to living in Singapore while at the same time encourage audience appreciation of the arts.

There will be a public performance of Grey Matters on 15 February 2017. For an invitation, please email ezzat@theatreworks.org.sg

Book your tickets for Mixed here today!

Upcoming At TheatreWorks: GALA

TheatreWorks presents it’s latest international co-production GALA, conceived and directed by Jérôme Bel!

It is not commonly known that the term ‘Gala’ means ‘enjoyment’ in old French. With a quirky and humorous take on dance, renowned French choreographer Jérôme Bel’s latest creation will see a mixed bag of non-professional performers and a handful of seasoned artists take the stage, united by their shared love for the performing arts and the joy that it brings to them.

Bel was first introduced to the Singapore arts scene by TheatreWorks through the Flying Circus Project in 2004, where he presented The Last Performance (a lecture), and Shirtology. In 2006, TheatreWorks presented Bel’s collaboration with contemporary Thai dancer and choreographer Pichet Klunchun, in Pichet Klunchun and Myself. His most recent work to be showcased in Singapore was in 2014 at the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA), where he directed an ensemble from Theatre Hora to present Disabled Theatre.

Continuously breaking boundaries with his forward-thinking approach to dance, Bel returns to Singapore, this time to work with an entirely local cast comprising 20 distinct individuals of different ages, and with different abilities, body types and personalities. In a colourful display of their distinct personas, each performer takes the stage to express themselves. Audiences will witness how the performing arts can empower seemingly ordinary individuals to become a star in their own right.

Classical dance forms, especially ballet, are often portrayed through failure and how failure drives dancers to achieve perfection. In GALA, the importance placed on ‘failure’ becomes secondary. Instead, it gives way to ‘failing again’ and places emphasis on doing one’s best. By doing so, Bel empowers individuals to contribute their own unique energies and make the performance their own.

GALA creates a space where ability is dictated not by one’s limitations, but by being the best that one can be. It is a testament to the beauty of the individual.

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Performance Details:
6 October 2016, Thu, 8pm
7 October 2016, Fri, 8pm
8 October 2016, Sat, 8pm
Approx. 80 mins (no intermission)
Victoria Theatre 


$30 / $26 / $22 (Excluding SISTIC booking fee)

20% Concession for Students, NSF, and Senior Citizens above 62 years old.
10% Early Bird Discount applicable till 21 August 2016.

Get your tickets from the SISTIC website here now!

Upcoming in TheatreWorks: Performance Tour of Between Consciousness

The 6th edition of Performance Tour of the winning play of TheatreWorks’ 24-Hour Playwriting Competition is back! This year, TheatreWorks Writing and Community Programme presents the Performance Tour of Between Consciousness, the first prize winner in 2015 (Open Category), which is written by Isaac Lim.

I seriously never thought this piece could be staged because it is really wild. But I’m glad I entrusted the company with my writing, and look forward to working with the director and actors to bring the words alive.

– Isaac Lim, Playwright

Check out the Writing and Community 2016 blog as our playwright Isaac Lim shares about his experience and thoughts on TheatreWorks Writing and Community programmes.

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Mountbatten CC
35 Jalan Satu
25 Feb 2016, Thu, 3pm
26 Feb 2016, Fri, 3pm & 8pm
27 Feb 2016, Sat, 3pm

Siglap South CC
6 Palm Road
3 Mar 2016, Thu, 3pm
4 Mar 2016, Fri, 3pm & 8pm
5 Mar 2016, Sat, 3pm

Marine Parade CC
278 Marine Parade Road
17 Mar 2016, Thu, 3pm
18 Mar 2016, Fri, 3pm & 8pm
19 Mar 2016, Sat, 3pm

Admission is free!

To register for a place, sign up via http://betweenconsciousness2016.eventbrite.sg now!

Congratulations to the winners of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2015!

Photo Credit: Siles Khua

Photo Credit: Siles Khua

Finally, the long wait is over! Here are the results for 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2015. *Drumrolls…*

TheatreWorks congratulates all winners from this year’s competition.

Open Category

1st: Between Consciousness by Lim Jue Hao Isaac

2nd: The Drift by Iris Chia Hoon Nee

3rd: What We Are by Ng Chuan Shiow Angela

Merit: This is Home Truly by Jacke Chye Shing Jye

Merit: Q & A by Wang Wenfeng Jeremy

Youth Category

1st: Supine by Tan Wei Jia Zenda

2nd: What You Have Lost by Ang Jia Yee

3rd: This Lump in My Throat by Nur Sabrina Binte Dzulkifli

Merit: Circumambulations by Tharun Suresh


Let’s find out what one of our judeges have to say about this year’s competition scripts!

 “If writing is the lifeblood of theatre, then the vast scope of imagination presented by the entries assures us that Singapore English language theatre continues to pulsate with vigour and energy.”

– Dr Jeffrey Tan

One of the winning scripts will be developed and presented as our annual Performance Tour to the South East District in Feb / Mar 2016.

Many thanks to our partners and sponsors: South East CDC, National Arts Council, Engagement Programme Sponsors, Arts Fund, Lee Foundation, Kuo Pao Kun Foundation and Institute of Mental Health.

Special thanks to Becca D’Bus for hosting, Chen Yingxuan for directing and talented actors, Alecia Kim Chua, Ebi Shankara, Shariqhah Efandi and Windson Liong.

Stay tuned to our Writing & Community blog for any updates regarding the performance tour!

Prize Presentation Ceremony for 24-Hour Plawriting Competition 2015

It has been four months since 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2015 and we thank you for patiently waiting for this day. We have finally completed the judging and are ready to announce the results!

Do come down and join us for the prize presentation ceremony to celebrate talented playwrights.


Event Details

Date: 24 Oct 2015

Time: 2.30PM

Venue: Institute of Mental Health Lecture Hall, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747

We welcome all participants, families, friends and even those who wanted to participate but didn’t manage to, to join us for the afternoon. Other than prize giving, we will also be presenting readings of winning scripts, as well as comments from judges. If you are interested in joining us for next year’s competition, here’s your chance to gain some tips and learn from the talented!

To sign up, email us at tworks@singnet.com.sg, indicating your name, contact number, schools/institutions (if applicable) by 20 Oct 2015, Tue.

We will see you then!