In the Living Room with Tan Tarn How

In this continuing series of Living Room dialogues with Singaporean playwrights, Dr Robin Loon chats with Tan Tarn How about the creation of his plays.

In a span of two decades, Tarn How has written nine plays, several of which have won numerous awards. Collectively, his work examines the socio-political environment and machinations of the Singapore state.

This December, Robin invites Tarn How to chart and reflect on his play-writing journey through a selection of his works – including his first In Praise of Dentist (1986) and his most recent Fear of Writing (2011) – and discuss the relevance of writing for the stage now.

Event details:
Monday, 7 December 2015
8pm @ Centre 42 Black Box

Admission is free. Register now to secure a seat.


About the Playwright: TAN TARN HOW

Tan Tarn How (1960-) has, at various points in his life, been a teacher, a journalist, a scriptwriter and a research fellow. However, he is best known as one of Singapore’s landmark playwrights with his bold, award-winning works which have certainly pushed boundaries over the years.

Read more about Tan’s life through the plays he penned and some selected milestones.



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The Living Room is a programme by Centre 42 that welcomes chat and conversation. Through focused but casual dialogues and face-to-face exchanges, this programme encourages participants to re-examine trends, happenings, people (on & off-stage) and phenomena in Singapore theatre.

Find out more about the Living Room programme here.