Devising Platform

Calling all new and emerging theatre practitioners seeking to be trained in The Necessary Stage’s (TNS) creative methodology!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the TNS Devising Platform , a training arm that aims to build capacity and develop emerging Singapore theatre practitioners keen on receiving training in TNS’ devising methodology, and who want to apply these skills to the creation of socially engaged works as well as interdisciplinary experimentation.

Over our history, The Necessary Stage (TNS) has created numerous training and mentorship programmes including Theatre for Youth Ensemble (1992), Theatre for Seniors (2008), and Playwrights’ Cove (2001). Since 2014, TNS has also embarked on numerous creative laboratories under its exploratory initiative known as The Orange Playground. All these programmes have proven to be popular and incredibly successful. For instance, Playwrights’ Cove developed talents such as Jean Tay, Ng Yi-sheng and Natalie Hennedige, all still actively contributing to the theatre scene today. Theatre for Seniors has staged numerous performances at a professional level, some of which are commissions by the Esplanade and the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. The Orange Playground too has allowed experiments to blossom and feed into TNS’ main season productions.

As such, we believe it is timely for us to consolidate and boost our skills development and creative exploration programmes through this new endeavour. The programme for 2020 will include the return of Playwrights’ Cove, as well as a brand new Devising Laboratory. Find out more about them below.


Devising with Actors and Playwrights

Part of TNS Devising Platform 2023

Led by Resident Playwright and Cultural Medallion recipient Haresh Sharma, this edition of Devising with Actors and Playwrights will see 20 playwrights and actors undergo an intensive training programme that runs from 25 May to 3 December 2023.


Playwrights' Cove

Part of the TNS Devising Platform 2024

Playwrights' Cove returns in 2024! Over six months, Playwrights' Cove will see 11 emerging playwrights and theatre-makers undergo training and mentorship by Resident Playwright Haresh Sharma. Catch their works-in-progress at the showcases from 20 to 24 November 2024.