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The first half of this session is a public reading of excerpts from Off Centre. This is a simple activity where everyone takes turns to read the play line by line. After the reading, Haresh Sharma will join us for a discussion of the play. There will be a short break after the reading - those who prefer not to read can join us at this point. Robin Loon, seasoned theatre lecturer and playwright, will guide and moderate this session.
“What is remarkable about Off Centre is its ability to not only connect, but to move the audience through something as alientating as mental illness” ~ Amos Toh
This event is part of NLB's SG Author Series in October.
About the Playwright
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.
He 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.
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