Tales of Two Cities is an ongoing conversation and creative exchange between Singaporean and Australian playwrights, theatre makers, artists and filmmakers.

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 – and emerging playwrights Joel Tan and Faith Ng having s pent a week at atyp’s Fresh Ink National Studio in Bundanon, the program now continues in Singapore.


We have just worked with Huzir, Claire Wong and the team at Checkpoint to present readings of Lachlan Philpott’s acclaimed play SILENT DISCO and Jessica Bellamy’s performance piece SHABBAT DINNER at the Singapore Writers Festival, and now we continue with a six week residency at Jessica in the historic housing estate of Tiong Bahru.


Jessica Bellamy will be working with playwright/ director Joel (Family Outing) Tan and Faith Tan 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. Over the next six weeks Jessica will also be meeting leading Singaporean artists to take about their work and thoughts on Singapore.

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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