Playwrights' Cove

Part of TNS Devising Platform 2020

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In 2001, TNS launched Playwrights’ Cove, a development and mentorship programme aimed at nurturing, processing and platforming contemporary playwriting for Singapore theatre. Many of its participants are well-known practitioners and educators today, including Jean Tay, Ng Yi-sheng, Natalie Hennedige, Kenneth Kwok and Matthew Lyon.

The return of Playwrights’ Cove in 2020 was a five-month playwriting training and mentorship programme led by Resident Playwright Haresh Sharma for 10 selected participants. Each playwright completed a short play by the end of the programme, which was filmed and streamed to a public audience via Zoom; the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible to have live dramatised readings in the theatre.

The 2020 Playwrights' Cove participants were:

  • A Yagnya
  • Aswani Aswath  
  • Euginia Tan  
  • Isaac Lim Jue Hao
  • Jaryl George Solomon  
  • Mark Benedict Cheong  
  • Rajkumar Thiagaras  
  • Saleem Hadi
  • Shireen Abdullah  
  • Teo Pei Si  

We are delighted to announce that Playwrights' Cove 2022 will comprise the following artists:

  • Adeeb Fazah
  • Amanda Chong
  • Amitha Pagolu
  • Andy Pang
  • Azura Farid
  • Christopher Chee
  • Deonn Yang
  • Eleanor Tan
  • Lim Shien Hian
  • Mitchell Poon
  • Raimi Safari

More information about the 2022 participants' final presentation—due in November this year—will be released in due course.

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