New Scripts Residency November 2022

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Script Submission: 15 - 22 Oct 2022
  • Complete the form here to submit your script for the November 2022 residency.

  • The submission box closes on 22 Oct 2022 (12pm) or when the first 6 scripts are received, whichever is earlier.

Every other month, the New Scripts Residency provides three scripts with considered dramaturgical support in the form of either a facilitated table read or one-on-one dramaturgy sessions with our Writer in Residence. If you have a script that you want to take forward to the next draft, this residency is ideal for you.

Playwrights who submit their script(s) for this cycle must be able to attend the Table Read in person, scheduled for Monday 28 November 2022.

Selection Process & Criteria

A flowchart illustrating the sequence of events for the residency selection process.

Because of our current reading capacity, we will only consider the first six eligible scripts that come into our inbox at closing time. These six scripts will be handed over to the team of readers, made up of directors, playwrights, and dramaturgs, who will consider the submissions. Based on the quality of the script, its stage of development, and the writer's needs as expressed in the application form, they will then recommend either a table read or one-on-one dramaturgy sessions with our Writer in Residence. 

The table read will be organised by Centre 42, who will invite actors, writers, directors, and dramaturgs from a pool of artists we have been working closely with on this programme. The scripts receiving one-on-one dramaturgy will be scheduled directly with our Writer in Residence, who will read the scripts and provide detailed feedback in discussion with the writer. Scripts that were not shortlisted will receive written feedback from the reading team and writers are welcome to submit subsequent drafts for future iterations.

This programme prioritises writer development over polish, and aims to get the writer excited to work on the next draft of their script, with a clearer sense of where to go.

Script Eligibility:

  • We accept completed drafts of full length plays (at least ~ 60 minutes) in English, or in other languages with translations provided in English. Future editions of the New Scripts Residency may specifically call for scripts in Malay, Tamil, or Chinese.
  • We are not accepting straight adaptations of other work (e.g. novels, films), but will accept adaptations with a clear creative, re-inventive, and/or radical approach. 
  • At this time, we are not accepting books for musicals, screenplays, or libretti. 


15 Oct (12pm) - 22 Oct 2022 (12pm):

  • Submission Box is open!  If you have a script you’d like to receive feedback on, complete this form and submit your script during this period.
  • Note that scripts are received on a first-come-first-served basis. The Submission Box will close after receiving the first 6 scripts.

29 Oct - 11 Nov 2022:

  • Selection and shortlisting process by reading team.

12 Nov 2022:

  • Applicants will be notified of results and/or feedback on scripts.
  • Playwrights whose scripts are selected for the Table Read and 1-on-1 dramaturgical sessions will be contacted to prepare for their respective sessions.

28 Nov 2022:

  • Closed-door Table Read will be conducted for the selected script in this New Scripts Residency cycle.

How to Apply

  • To help us understand how best to create a supportive environment for your work in this New Script Residency structure, we will require you to respond to these questions in an application form:
  1. Tell us something about the impulse for writing this play.
  2. What do you see as the next step for this play and why? If this play has undergone an earlier development process, please tell us a little bit about it.
  3. Are there particular areas of this script that you are struggling with?
  4. What support can the New Scripts Residency offer at this time?
  • Complete this online application form between 15 - 22 October 2022. Do note that this will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.
  • We will only consider and accept one play per writer each cycle. If you had submitted multiple plays in this cycle, only the 1st submission will be considered as eligible.

Reading & Selection Team

The reading and selection of scripts will be conducted by a team of dramaturgs, directors and playwrights whom have been intently involved in the development of Centre 42's New Writing Development Programmes and are actively engaged in their practices with new writing development. 

The team for the November 2022 cycle comprises:


Who can apply?

We welcome playwrights of any experience level who would like to receive considered, professional feedback on their scripts.

You will need to be a Singapore Citizen / Permanent Resident, or are currently based in Singapore.

Apply in this November 2022 cycle only if you are available on 28 November 2022, 7pm - 10pm for the Table Read session should your script be selected.

Is this a presentation opportunity? Will shortlisted scripts be staged for an audience or receive a public reading?

No. The focus is on detailed, discussion-based dramaturgical support. The table read is a closed-door event, the purpose of which is for the play to be heard and appraised in a discussion facilitated by a writer, director, or dramaturg.

How many plays can I submit? How often can I re-apply?

We only accept one play per writer each cycle. 

If you had submitted multiple plays in one cycle, only the 1st submission will be considered as eligible.

If you did not make the cut-off time, you are welcome to apply again for the next cycle.

If your submission was eligible but not shortlisted for either the Table Read or 1-on-1 consultations, you are welcome to apply again with a subsequent draft.

If your play has received dramaturgical support in one cycle, we cannot support it again in subsequent cycles of the New Scripts Residency.

I have more questions!

We welcome further clarifications! Write to us at