Type of work supported

We are on the lookout for collectives that fulfill the following:
Keen on unique explorations not already accounted for in the theatre landscape.
Have an element of peer to peer learning and resource-creation.
The practice is text-based, but not limited to theatrical scripts, and may include the creation of manifestos, guides, resource packs, reflections and process documentation.
Main Tulis Group
Main Tulis Group (MTG) is Singapore’s only collective that works on developing English and Malay plays. The emphasis is on “main” and “tulis”—writing organically, without restrictions—while also being about playwriting as a craft. The group organises regular readings of works-in- progress and is known for its dramatised readings showcase ETA : 9 MIN at Centre 42’s yearly event, Late-Night Texting. MTG also partners with institutions such as the Esplanade and the National University of Sing
Main Tulis Group
Start: February 2021
Something-Something Working Group
The Something-Something Working Group is Shawn Chua, Corrie Tan, Chong Gua Khee and Deanna Dzulkifli. Our hope is to imagine and prototype new paradigms and infrastructures for knowledge production, artistic practice and their contingent entanglements. We are currently playing with an adaptation of the Hologram (thehologram.xyz)—a feminist, peer-to-peer framework and practice that redistributes the labour and ethics of caregiving. We have experimented with this framework at Dance Nucleus’ SCOPE#12 platform.
Start: June 2022


Who is this platform for?

This platform is for theatre practitioners who are a part of or are looking to form a collective or working group focused on three main aspects: text-enabled practice, peer-to-peer learning and resource creation. Theatre-makers, arts managers, writers and designers are all welcomed. There recommended range of members is 3 to 20.

What kind of residents are you looking for? How do you decide the suitability of the application?

We primarily evaluate the application’s fulfilment of the aforementioned criteria. Priority will be given to collectives that are keen on explorations not already accounted for in the scene, as well as collectives that are able to commit to reciprocal sharing with C42’s other programmes and artists-in-residence. Further evaluation will be conducted by the Centre 42 team, although we often invite relevant experts to contribute their input to aid evaluation for necessary cases.

What kind of support will you provide?

Centre 42 will provide a stipend and venue support to the collectives for their meetings and rehearsals. Additionally, Co-Lab Residents Collectives and their members may look forward to opportunities in capability development, as well as documentation support. In the event of public facing events, the Centre may also provide marketing and logistical support, in line with the needs of the Co-Lab Residents.

What is expected of the Co-Lab Resident Collectives?

Resident Collectives are expected to contribute selected outreach and engagement efforts to share publicly about their work and/or process, with the freedom to decide their angle and content Collectives are also encouraged to conduct recurring workshop for other C42 artists, the details of which may be further discussed.

How often does this residency accept Resident Collectives?

The Co-Lab Residency will accept up to 2 residencies per year, with each residency to commit minimally to a one-year term (renewable on a yearly basis).

How do I apply to be a Co-Lab Residency?

Given the limited resources, there is no open call for the Co-Lab Residency. If you wish to become a Co-Lab Resident, do email info@centre42.sg for more information and we will get in touch with you.