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Singapore theatre company Wild Rice is offering free play screenings, workshops, and grants for aspiring directors

Singapore theatre company Wild Rice is offering free play screenings, workshops, and grants for aspiring directors

The shows do go on

Text: Simran Panaech

Editor: Crystal Lee


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Like the rest of the world, Singapore theatre company Wild Rice is jumping on the digital bandwagon by offering screenings of its most successful plays as well as online developmental programmes.

Called WILD@Home, the production house will screen Emily of Emerald Hill from April 24 at 7.30pm, Supervision from May 1 at 7.30pm, and Monkey Goes West from May 8 at 7.30pm will be available for seven days on its YouTube channel. Audiences are also invited to participate in a live post-show discussion every Thursday at 9pm with the artists involved in each show.

For those looking to deep-dive into the plays, free resource packs will be made available online that include in-depth interviews and suggested activities for children and students.

Keen on pursuing theatre professionally? Wild Rice is offering four intensive and stimulating residencies with grants of up to $10,000 for aspiring and emerging directors to create and present a production in its Studio Theatre under founding artistic director Ivan Heng's mentorship.

Playwrights who are looking to improve their craft can also apply for one-on-one playwriting workshops and consultations (via Zoom video conferencing) with Alfian Sa'at, the company's award-winning resident playwright. Tap into his expertise in playwriting and dramaturgy as he offers advice on how to develop ideas into scripts, as well as provide feedback on works already in progress.

"These programmes were originally planned for 2021, but we felt an urgency to bring them forward to encourage and support our theatre practitioners at this difficult time," said Ivan Heng.

If you still can't get enough of theatre, London's Shakespeare Globe Theatre is streaming six of its plays for free on YouTube, one at a time, on rotation every two weeks, as part of 'YouTube Premieres'. Enjoy Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Winter's Tale and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

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