Playwriting Workshop by Haresh Sharma

  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Teens, Adults, 50 and above
  • Category: Arts, Read
1 Sep - 13 Oct, 2018

Bishan Public Library

Programme Zone

5 Bishan Place #01-01

  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Teens, Adults, 50 and above

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Only complete registrations will be considered. See below for details.
Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your playwriting skills in this series of workshops by Cultural Medallion recipient Haresh Sharma, one of Singapore’s most well respected and prolific playwrights.
This 6-session playwriting workshop will also feature guest speakers from the theatre scene, who will share more about how they contribute to the creative process that brings a script from page to stage.

Dates: Saturdays, 2.30-5.30pm
Venue: Programme Zone, Level 2, Bishan Public Library

Session dates & times
1. Sat 1 Sep, 2.30-5.30pm
2. Sat 8 Sep, 2.30-5.30pm
3. Sat 15 Sep, 2.30-5.30pm
4. Sat 22 Sep, 2.30-5.30pm
-- BREAK on Sat 29 Sep --
5. Sat 6 Oct, 2.30-5.30pm
6. Sat 13 Oct, 2.30-5.30pm

Participants’ Prerequisites
  • 16 years old and above
  • Have a keen interest in playwriting
As the sessions will build on each other, and writing exercises will be given at every session, it is important that you can commit to attending all 6 sessions to get the most out of it.

To apply for this workshop, please email us the following as a single email attachment by 15 July 2018 (preferably in Word doc). I will reply to acknowledge receipt of all applications. Confirmed workshop participants will be informed by email once intake is full.
  1. Name
  2. Phone
  3. Email
  4. Your Age (this workshop is for ages 16 and up)
  5. Attendance at all sessions is compulsory to join the workshop. If you cannot attend all 6 sessions, please let us know which dates you will miss.
  6. COMPULSORY: Statement of Purpose (around 250 words) telling us why you're interested in this course, and what you hope to achieve from attending it.
  7. COMPULSORY: Sample of Script (around 500 words) – either a work-in-progress or completed script. Do note that the workshop will not be about workshopping existing work. You will be developing a new play from scratch.
  8. Should NLB decide to publish an anthology from participant works, do let us know if you are willing to have your work published. In such event, the works will be selected and edited by NLB.
Max number of attendees: 15
Registration Deadline: 15 July 2018

Workshop Outline

What makes a good play?
Developing issues into characters/stories
Writing a scene

Elements of playwriting - Character, wants and obstacles.
Creating an active protagonist

Role of research in theatre
Setting, objects and context

Meet the director (Guest speaker: Alvin Tan)
Writing a complete short play

Personal consultation with instructor on plays written
Editing your play 

Theatre/playwriting landscape in Singapore and the way ahead
Meet the dramaturg (Guest speaker: Melissa Lim)

About the Speakers

Haresh Sharma (Instructor)

Haresh Sharma has been the Resident Playwright of The Necessary Stage since 1990. He was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 2015. To date, he has written more than 100 plays which have been staged in over 20 cities. His play, Off Centre, was selected by the Ministry of Education as a Literature text for 'N' and 'O' Levels.
Haresh has 13 publications of his plays, including Trilogy, Shorts 1, Shorts 2 and Don't Forget to Remember Me. His works have been translated into Malay, Mandarin, Greek and Italian. He was awarded Best Original Script for Fundamentally Happy, Good People and Gemuk Girls at the 2007, 2008 and 2009 The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards respectively. Haresh also had the honour of having a selection of his works featured at Esplanade’s first playwright-centred season at The Studios in 2017.
He has participated in several writers' festivals including the inaugural Singapore Literature Festival in New York (2014), New Delhi World Book Fair (2015), Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (2015) and Hong Kong Literary Festival (2015).
Haresh is the first non-American to be awarded the prestigious Goldberg Master Playwright by New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2011.  In 2014, he was conferred the Southeast Asian Writers (or S.E.A. Write) Award (Singapore), which recognises and honours literary excellence in the ASEAN region.

Alvin Tan (Guest speaker – Director)
Alvin is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Necessary Stage and a leading proponent of devising theatre in Singapore, having directed more than 80 plays which have been staged locally and at international festivals. He has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and in 1998, was conferred the Young Artist Award for theatre. In 2010, Alvin was conferred the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture, in recognition of his significant contribution to the arts. The following year, he was awarded Best Director at 2011 The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards for Model Citizens by The Necessary Stage.
Alvin was previously invited by the Ministry of Education to design a drama syllabus at ‘O’ level for implementation in schools. In 2014, Alvin was conferred the Cultural Medallion for his artistic excellence and contribution to Singapore’s arts and cultural landscape. He was also the Artistic Director of Peer Pleasure, an annual youth theatre festival in Singapore presented by ArtsWok Collective, from 2015 to 2017.
Melissa Lim (Guest speaker – Dramaturg)

Melissa is the General Manager of The Necessary Stage since 2005, and has also assisted with research and translation work for the company’s productions. She also served as the dramaturg for the Company’s recent production, Actor, Forty《女人四十》, a commission of Esplanade’s Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts in 2017.


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