The Tales of Two Cities

Tales of Two Cities is an ongoing conversation and creative exchange between Singaporean and Australian playwrights and theatremakers.

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 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 head to Singapore for the 2013 Singapore Writers Festival in November, where Lachlan Philpott, Jessica Bellamy and Playwriting Australia’s Artistic Director Tim Roseman will be joining Huzir, Faith and Joel to talk about the challenges and pleasures of putting the cities of Singapore and Sydney on stage (Venue: National Museum of Singapore, Saturday 9th November, 8.30 to 10 pm).

Singaporean audiences will also get the opportunity to attend a reading of Silent Disco as leading Singaporean director Claire Wong directs a reading of Lachlan’s acclaimed AWGIE winning play.

Playwright Residency: Jessica Bellamy

From the National Museum of Singapore, we head to Tiong Bahru, where Jessica Bellamy begins a six-week residency in one of Singapore’s most beloved housing estates. Jessica will be working with playwright/ director Joel (Family Outing) Tan and a group of young 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. Jessica will then spend six weeks in Tiong Bahru 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.

Follow the project on Facebook for first word of workshops for young writers, events and tickets for the readings.

Jessica will be blogging for us regularly from Singapore, and you can follow Tales of Two Cities over on Tumblr, on Twitter at @sydneysingapore and on instagram.

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), the Singapore Writers Festival, Tiong Bahru Community Centre and the Australian Theatre for Young People (Sydney).


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