Page-To-Stage Workshop: Adapting History with Jean Tay

Inspired by history, and want to breathe new life into old stories onstage? Join playwright Jean Tay for this two-part workshop, where you can learn various strategies on how to translate an idea, inspired by historical events, from the page to the stage. Through hands-on exercises, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of dramatic writing, and learn how to create compelling characters and dramatic scenarios. Participants are encouraged to bring in a story idea that they are inspired by and interested to explore.

Terms to note:

  • This workshop is open to all residents based in Singapore.
  • The workshop is conducted in English, and in-person at 42 Waterloo Street, Rehearsal Studio. Unless the prevailing Covid-19 safety measures do not allow.
  • This workshop is recommended for writers and those who have basic playwriting experience. Writers may or may not have had their scripts staged before.
  • Participants are required to share a brief profile about themselves and their experience here to complete the registration.
  • Participants are capped at 18 pax for this workshop. We seek your understanding that allocation will be on a first-come-first-served basis and sign-ups will close when all slots are filled.
  • Participants are required to commit to and attend both dates of the workshop: Sun 28 Nov 2021 and 5 Dec 2021, 2pm – 5pm.
  • We may record each session (audio-visual recording), solely for the purposes of internal reference and documentation. You acknowledge and provide permission to be recorded during the course sessions.

Participants are deemed to have read and understood the terms listed upon registration.

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Jean Tay graduated in 1997 with a double-degree in creative writing and economics from Brown University, USA. For her fiction, she has won the Weston Prize for Fiction from Brown, as well as NAC's Golden Point Short Story competition. Plays produced include Water from the WellThe Knot , Plunge , Everything but the BrainBoomSistersSenang and The Shape of a Bird. Her plays have been performed in Singapore, US, UK, and Italy. She was nominated four times for Best Original Script for the Life! Theatre Awards, and won for Everything But the Brain. Her plays Everything but the Brain and Boom are published by Epigram Books, and have both been used as 'O' and 'N' Level literature texts for secondary school students. Jean is the founding Artistic Director of Saga Seed Theatre, set up in 2015 to bring Singaporean stories to the stage, and provide a platform to showcase and nurture local talent.


The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to 5 working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Those who did not turn up at the workshop will not receive a refund.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation and withdrawal policy and accept the terms contained therein.

28 NOVEMBER 2021 (SUN) - 5 DECEMBER 2021 (SUN)
2PM – 5PM

Centre 42
Centre 42, 42 Waterloo Street, Singapore, 187951

Course Fee: $60
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $2.66