New Scripts Garage, June 2023

Start date of Residency
June 2023
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June 2023
Centre 42
Submission has closed on 22 May 2023
Script Submission: 15 - 22 May 2023

Submissions for this cycle closed on 22 May 2023. Please keep an eye out for our next cycle.

Every other month, the New Scripts Garage provides three scripts with considered dramaturgical support in the form of either a facilitated Script Circle or One-on-One Dramaturgy Sessions with our Writer in Residence. This short-form residency is ideal for playwrights who have a script that they want to take forward to the next draft in the development process.

Playwrights who submitted their script(s) for this cycle are listed below. 

Scripts Supported

The six eligible scripts for this cycle and the support they have received are: 

1) A & I by Lim Jun De (Jayden)
Selected for Script Circle

2) I Am Seaweed by Cheryl Ho
Receive 1-on-1 Consultation with Writer-In-Residence

3) The Play of Failure by Huang Suhuai
Receive 1-on-1 Consultation with Writer-In-Residence

4) A Better Life by Titus Hutch Jr Yim Yi Zheng
Receive Written Feedback

5) Disturbed by Dameris Khoo
Receive Written Feedback

6) TTTLWMTAM by Bryan Donovan Sng
Receive Written Feedback

Script Circle (26 Jun 2023)

A & I received a script circle for this cycle of the New Scripts Garage.

Before the session, facilitator Lucas Ho, playwright, met with playwright Jayden to lay out the scope of discussion for the script circle. Discussion questions were sent to attendees ahead of the reading, to inform them of what to look out for. 

The script was read in full, by Thomas Lim, Grace Kalaiselvi, Fezhah Maznan, Jo Tan and Neo Hai Bin, with Nabilah Said reading stage directions. Observers at the table were Zulfadli Rashid, Writer-In-Residence and Cherilyn Woo, Director, along with C42 staff. 

Twelve people seated around tables in a rectangular formation, with scripts and laptops in front of them.

After the reading of the script, Lucas facilitated the discussion with the group, with Jayden sharing his process of crafting the script and some of the thoughts he had about the next direction of the script.

A photograph of Jun De, with a laptop in front of him, and Lucas, smiling.

After a fruitful discussion, with suggestions for future directions that the script could take, and areas to polish for a next draft, the session concluded with a group photo, commemorating Jayden's first full-length script reading! 

A group photo with 11 people seated around a table.

Script Circle Group (From L-R, clockwise): Jo Tan, Thomas Lim, Nabilah Said, Zulfadli Rashid (Big), Ma Yanling, Fezhah Maznan, Neo Hai Bin, Cherilyn Woo, Jadyen Lim Jun De, Lucas Ho and Grace Kalaiselvi.

Selection Process & Criteria

A flowchart illustrating the sequence of events for the programme 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 Script Circle or one-on-one dramaturgy sessions with our Writer in Residence. 

The Script Circle 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 Garage 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 May (12pm) - 22 May 2023 (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.

22 May - 4 June 2023:

  • Selection and shortlisting process by reading team.

8 June 2023:

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

26 June 2023:

  • Closed-door Script Circle will be conducted for the selected script in this New Scripts Garage cycle.

How to Apply

  • To help us understand how best to create a supportive environment for your work in this New Script Garage 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. If this play has undergone an earlier development process, please tell us a little bit about it.
  3. How do you feel about this draft as it currently stands?
  4. What are some questions about the draft (e.g. aspects of craft, theme, story etc) you would like our reading panel to focus on while reading? 
  5. What future work do you plan to do on this draft?
  • Complete this online application form between 15 - 22 May 2023. Do note that this will take approximately 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. 

Names of the team for the June 2023 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 cycle only if you are available on 26 June, 7pm - 10pm for the Script Circle session should your script be selected.

Otherwise, look out for the Open Call dates for the August 2023 and November 2023 cycles.

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 Script Circle 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 Garage.

I have more questions!

We welcome further clarifications! Write to us at