Kicking off with Singaporean theatre artists visiting Playwriting Australia”s National Play Festivals – playwright Huzir Sulaiman (Joint Artistic Director, Checkpoint Theatre) in 2012 and director Tracie Pang (Pangdemonium Productions) in 2013 – the program is now ramping up with emerging playwrights Joel Tan and Faith Ng having just spent a week in September 2013 at atyp”s Fresh Ink National Studio in Bundanon, NSW, with 16 young Australian writers and leading playwrights Declan Greene, Angela Betzien and Jane Bodie.
Australian Playwrights @ the Singapore Writers Festival
We next headed to Singapore for the 2013 Singapore Writers Festival, where Lachlan Philpott, Jessica Bellamy and Playwriting Australia”s Artistic Director Tim Roseman joined Huzir, Faith and Joel to talk about the challenges and pleasures of putting the cities of Singapore and Sydney on stage. Singaporean audiences also had the opportunity to attend a reading of Lachlan”s Silent Disco by leading Singaporean director Claire Wong.
Playwright Residency: Jessica Bellamy
From the National Museum of Singapore, we are now settling into Tiong Bahru, where Jessica Bellamy has begun a six-week residency in one of Singapore”s most beloved housing estates. Jessica has already worked with playwright/ director Joel (Family Outing) Tan and a group of Singaporean performers to present, as part of the Singapore Writers Festival, Shabbat Dinner, a work exploring the role of food, females and family in contemporary Jewish identity.
Over the next 4 weeks Jessica will be working with Joel and Faith to explore the extraordinary relationship Singaporeans have with the food that they eat, and working with community groups, schools and Singaporean artists to create a response to Shabbat Dinner, which will take place in Tiong Bahru in December.
*Media Update* Sydney playwrights Jessica Bellamy and Lachlan Philpott featured in Singapore”s Straits Times, 17 October
Sharing memories, stories and new work: these are the Tales of Two Cities.
Industry & Project Partners
Tales of Two Cities is made possible through the support of the City of Sydney, National Arts Council (Singapore), Australian Chamber of Commerce (Singapore), Grey Projects (Singapore), Checkpoint Theatre (Singapore), the Singapore Writers Festival, Tiong Bahru Community Centre and the Australian Theatre for Young People (Sydney).