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Review of TheatreWorks Writers' Laboratory 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2008

2 August 2008 to 3 August 2008, Eurasian Community House, Joo Chiat Constituency

The historical and colourful neighbourhood of Joo Chiat played host to some 70 aspiring playwrights from all walks of life when TheatreWorks Writers' Laboratory 24-Hour Playwriting Competition took place on 2 nd and 3 rd of August at the Eurasian Community House.

Participants had 24 hours to craft out a play each and were given a total of 5 stimuli at regular intervals which they had to weave into their scripts.

TheatreWorks believes that everyone has at least one play in them and that they just have to devote some time to sitting down and writing it. Hence it seemed most apt that TheatreWorks brought the competition right into the heartlands this year.

By partnering South East Community Development Council (South East CDC) and SHINE – a two-month long showcase of creativity and talent in Singapore youth – TheatreWorks was able to bring the art of playwriting to the wider community and also to woo our youth into playwriting.

Holding this year's competition in Joo Chiat allowed the participants to be inspired by the rich and colourful heritage of Joo Chiat: the architecture, the heritage, the food, the sights and the smells. The activities that make Joo Chiat unique were fodder for many of the plays. Joo Chiat was to the participants an unconfined playground.

On 25 October 08, TheatreWorks announced the winners. According to the judges, they also saw an increased number of fresh faces amongst the winners of this year's competition, and this might just encourage more aspiring playwrights to come forth and showcase their potential. Who knows? We might just have the next successor to Ovidia Yu or Ng Yi-Sheng.


The Winners and their Plays

Open Category

1 st Prize : Ngiam Xin Wei
Title of script: 350-24-21

Synopsis: Labeled as “the most original play in this year's competition”, 350-24-21 is about the unlikely pairing of a ghost story and a political diatribe, with interjections of IM chat thrown in as well.

2 nd Prize: Tay Ching Ann Luke Barnabas
Title of script: Enter the (Little Lady) Dragon (of Chiat Joo)…

Synopsis: Quoted by the judges as an extremely fun piece highly influenced by graphic novels.

3 rd Prize: Fok Jian Liang Christopher
Title of script: Just Trash

Synopsis: A touching piece about the voiceless and invisible minority in our community – the rag-and-bone man, old ladies who pick up cardboard boxes, and Bangladeshi garbage collectors.

Merit: Jacke Chye Shing Jye
Title of script: Of Firecrackers And Bombshells

Synopsis: A rich and realistic piece about the trials and tribulations of family obligations during the Chinese New Year.


Youth Category

1 st Prize: Steffi Yee Jia Meng
Title of script: Untitled

Synopsis: A cleverly written piece on the dangers of over-planning and over-sanitization dramatized through the scenes of a disillusioned woman and her domestic helper.

2 nd Prize: Tasmana Ishat Khorshed Alam
Title of script: A Chinese Warrior In A Yellow Taxi Cab

Synopsis: Narrated by a bisexual lady who believes her abuser is protecting her, yet dreams of being a Chinese warrior to rescue her beloved woman; the piece portrays a provocative juxtaposition of metaphorical and physical masks.

3 rd Prize: Goh Shu Xian Priscilla
Title of script: The Taming Of The Shoe

Synopsis: A cleverly titled and entertaining piece about man-woman relationships.

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Rhythm of Light - solo exhibition by Steven Low at Black Earth Art Museum 

28 Sep - 20 Oct 2008, 12 noon - 9 pm. Black Eart Art Museum, 352 Joo Chiat Road.

Rhythm of Light -
This architecture series was created with the nature's gift of lights in mind.
My fascination with futuristic structure prompted these aerospace-like buildings.
The play with darkness and lights stimulates one's visual imagination; temptation to touch and play -
changing the light source and the structure's facet is undeniable.


Watch a play in the heart of Joo Chiat!

Free Admission!

Come catch Someday, Samsara , a piercing yet humourous look at life and death this weekend at Chezcake Bistro in the heart of Joo Chiat.

Written by upcoming Singaporean playwright, Bryan Tan and performed by Anjana Srinivasan, Someday, Samsara is a new play developed in the Theatreworks' Writers Lab.  The reading is directed by Robin Loon.

About the play

Sandy has been sent to hell but what greets her are the Ten Courts of HELL.  As she travels deeper into hell, she comes face-to-face with the mythological Niu-tou (Bull) and Ma-mian (Stead) guardians of hell, her loves, her hates and her past.  This monologue is a piercing yet humourous look at life, death and about going to court!

Be entertained, register a seat now!


328 Joo Chiat Road, ChezCake Bistro

Date: 31 October 2009 (Sat)  & 1 November 2009 (Sun)
Time: 3pm
Venue: 328 Joo Chiat Road, ChezCake Bistro
Admission: Free

Please call 6737-7213 or email to register your attendance.
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TheatreWorks Writers' Laboratory in partnership with the South East Community Development Council (CDC) brings you a series of dramatised readings held at interesting and definitive locations within the South East District.  This event will run from October 2009 to February 2010.  

With support from The National Arts Council and the South East CDC.


Telok Kurau Studios 10th Anniversary Celebrations

Thomas Yeo


Singapore’s Top Artists Commemorate a Decade (1997 – 2007)

Exhibition: 26 January to 24 February 2006
Open House: 26 January 2006
Time: 11 am to 6.30 pm

Singapore's only artists' village will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with an exhibition and sale of works by Telok Kurau Studios' artists from January 26 to February 24, 2008.

Among the 30 artists whose works will be on display and sale are eight recipients of Singapore's Cultural Medallion Award, as well as four recipients of Singapore's Young Artist Award.

Singapore's iconic artists, all TKS members, who will exhibit their work include Thomas Yeo, Tan Swie Hian, Ong Kim Seng, Lim Yew Kuan, Leo Hee Tong, Goh Beng Kwan, Chua Ek Kay, Chng Seok Tin and Lim Leong Seng.

Also participating as guest artists are some of Asia's top and internationally acclaimed artists, with works on exhibition and sale, including Ahmad Zaki Anwar from Malaysia, Zuo Zhengyao from China, and Anuchai Secharunputong and Thavorn Ko-udomvit from Thailand.

The month-long celebrations will also have one of its infrequent open studios events on January 26th, the festival's opening day. Here, collectors and members of the public may visit the artists in their respective studios in TKS to interact with them directly, and even to see and buy their other works not on exhibition in TKS' gallery because of limited space.

Visitors to TKS will catch a glimpse of the latest trends in Singapore's and Asia's arts scene. Besides the traditional forms of art, there will also be art installations, contemporary Chinese ink and collectible local art.

Telok Kurau Studios Art Gallery is at 91 Lorong J, at the junction of Telok Kurau Road and Lorong J and will be opened from 11.00am to 6.30pm.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Lim Win Nie (Miss)
Telok Kurau Studios
91, Lorong J, Telok Kurau, Singapore 425985
DID: 6348 6133
Mobile: 96428225


Be Yourself @ ARTOHOLIC

Come to Artoholic Gallery (422 Joo Chiat Rd, NOTA HOUSE Singapore 427642) this saturday 17th May 2008 (7 PM till Late) for a weekly series of acoustic/ electronica/ poetry/ comedy/ performance arts line ups, called Be Yourself. The concept being that our venue is an open platform for any artist or performer, anyone basically to use our space to present your own art form or even just to introduce yourself to everyone as an artist. There will be open mic sessions just simply email to indicate your interest to to do an impromptu performance. Anything from poetry recital, songs and even opinions on life in general are more than welcomed. Hope to see you guys this coming saturday 19th of May. Entry charges: $ 12 w 1 house pour, Patrons must be 18 yrs and above.
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Chang Hoei Cristene - Printmaker, Mixed Media Artist

Among Joo Chiat's artists are some of Singapore's better known creative mavens.

Cristene Chang Hoei is a contemporary printmaker and mixed media artist who explores abstraction and nature motifs in her works. Her early art instruction included Chinese ink and finger painting under the late pioneer finger painter Wu Tsai Yen.

Graduating with an Art Education diploma from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, the artist proceeded to complete an overseas Fine Arts graduate degree at Middlesex University, London, majoring in Printmaking.

Her works have garnered several honourable mentions and awards including the First Prize in the Ray Fawcett Memorial Award, London (1996) and the first prize in the Abstract category of the Tan Tsze Chor award (2003).

Her works have been exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum (Pulp Friction, 2001), the Esplanade, the Singapore Tyler Print Institute & the NAFA Galleries.

She has been featured on national television Art Nation in 2002 in a special segment dedicated to her practice, hosted by Beatrice Chia. Her images have also been used by organisations such as UNICEF and the Singapore International Foundation (SIF).




Poh Ju Yong, Terry - Sculptor, Mixed Media Artist

Poh Ju Yong is a painter and sculptor who employs various materials including stone, wood and metals (bronze, aluminium). Often adopting a minimalist aesthetic, his works are inspired by the natural environment as well as city urban imagery. He has also created installations, assemblages and mixed media works that integrate relief work & printmaking techniques on their surfaces.

A fine arts graduate from Middlesex University London, UK, the artist completed a post-graduate studies program (Art & Design) majoring in Sculpture. His works are in corporate and public organisations such as the Ministry of Transport and he has had honourable mentions in local art competitions including the UOB Painting of the Year.

One of his images was selected as a book cover for the book publication Iron Man. He was featured on a national television program, Art Nation, hosted by Beatrice Chia in 2002.


Selected Awards



Gallery: Jonathan Chan

Water-colour art for sale!

Jonathan is a young artist, songwriter and singer actively involved in the local music scene. He graduated from La Salle -RMIT with a Master of Fine Art (painting) degree in 2004 and has been working with young people groups. Jon is also a freelance artist and illustrator.

Those who wish to acquire Jonathan's originals, without frame, should contact him at Mobile 96803700 or e-mail
(His Joo Chiat watercolours in other pages of this website are already part of a private collection and not available.)



























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