Reading the Room: A Playwright's Devising Journey

Paperback; 479 pages
1 copy available at C42

Preview of Reading the Room: A Playwright's Devising Journey. Pages have been omitted in this book preview.


Over the past three decades, award-winning playwright Haresh Sharma has written more than 120 plays, many of them created with The Necessary Stage’s (TNS) unique devising methodology. Reading the Room: A Playwright’s Devising Journey offers unprecedented access into the devising process, with keen insights and intimate reflections gleaned from Haresh’s artistic journey.

This book describes Haresh’s devising process in meticulous detail, illustrated by production case studies and incorporating numerous archival artefacts, including photographs, early drafts of scripts and personal correspondences. It also features in-depth interviews with some of TNS’ most notable artist-collaborators. The chapters highlight different aspects of devising such as:

  • Devising with Communities
  • Devising and Verbatim Theatre
  • Devising and International Collaboration
  • Devising and Interdisciplinary Theatre

A Playwright’s Devising Journey promises to be an invaluable resource for playwrights, directors, students, teachers and collaborative artists, as well as anyone curious about Singapore theatre history.

(Source: Reading the Room: A Playwright's Devising Journey blurb)