Catch a myriad of original plays written by new playwrights at The Wright Stuff Festival, helmed by Singapore’s bilingual theatre company Toy Factory Productions, which aims to develop aspiring playwrights and take their works from script to stage.
Returning after a one-year hiatus, The Wright Stuff Festival 2019 will be collaborating with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, which will see the school’s final-year theatre students performing in three new stagings.
Permanence by Gina Chew (Oct 10-13)
First performed at The Wright Stuff Festival 2017, playwright Gina Chew has since revisited her play, adding some local elements to it, while reshaping and developing the relationships between characters. It re-tells the story of Blanche, who is at a crossroads, dealing with the consequences of being in various toxic relationships.
Ashes, Ashes by Rajukumar Thiagaras(Oct 17-20)
In its endeavour to represent minorities, Ashes, Ashes, is one that features a majority of Indian characters. A play about elderly Indian lady Janaki and the recount of her heart-wrenching childhood stories upon visiting her childhood home, Ashes, Ashes delves into heavy topics such as trauma, grief and loss.
Random Access Memory by Mark Cheong (Oct 24-26)
In Random Access Memory, several computer parts possess sentient minds. RAM and Gig, both conventional computer memory storage units, come alive to decide what memories of a dead boy should be kept. As the computer parts become divided on the impossible task, they learn the significance of legacies and what it means to be human.
The Puppet King by Titus Yim (Mandarin) (Nov 1-3)
Think Toy Story, but with philosophy thrown in. Inspired by another script about a toy shop found in playwright Titus Yim’s secondary school archives, The Puppet King explores existentialism through five defective toys who are very much alive, only to discover that their toy store is about to be demolished.