Boiler Room

The Boiler Room is Centre 42’s platform for new works and works-in-the-making. Texts and ideas selected by Centre 42 for development will be put through a comprehensive process of refinement and hothousing. We aim to customise a developmental process that is appropriate to both the work and its creator(s).

We recognise that in order for artists and writers to create significant and meaningful new work and/or texts, they must work at their own pace while operating within a rigorous and specified incubation framework.

As part of this robust investigation process of creation, we will actively involve interested members of the public where they may provide responses during test-reads and trial-presentations. Test-reads and trial-presentations moves away from the generic ‘reading’ and ‘showing’ by adopting R&D terminology to cast the work in a more rigorous light. Test-reads are purpose-specific readings where the process mimics focus-group testing. Trial presentations are ‘showings’ when the script is ‘audience-ready’.

We welcome industry players (theatre companies, presenters and producers) to be part of the Boiler Room programme by coming in to pick up the incubated works for next stage development. The three partnership models with Centre 42 are:

  • Invitation – before/during the Open Call stage. Industry players will be able to track the full development of each work
  • Curation – at the start of the Incubation stage
  • Pick-up – at the Presentation stage

Email all queries and entries to BoilerRoom@centre42.sg.

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BOILER ROOM CYCLE 2016

The open call for Boiler Room 2016 Playwrights ended on 6 May 2016! We thank all aspiring playwrights for submitting their applications and ideas.

We welcome Boiler Room Cycle 2016 Playwrights:

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From left-right:

Isaac Lim, for his play idea “I Am A*Mei”
Christian W. Huber,
for his play idea BON”
Al-Matin Yatim,
for his play idea “Ring In A Desert”
Zee Wong,
for her play idea “Portmanteau”
Timothy Nga,
for his play idea “Where Has The Good Man Gone?”

Special thanks goes out to Zizi Azah and Nelson Chia (Nine Years Theatre) for their valuable feedback and contributions as part of the selection panel alongside our resident director Casey Lim and resident dramaturg Dr Robin Loon.

Find out more about the Boiler Room 2016 Playwrights and their ideas here.

Read the Straits Times Life Interview (19 July 2016) with the playwrights.

Find out more about the 2016 cycle and the application requirements here.

 

BOILER ROOM CYCLE 2015

We welcome Boiler Room Cycle 2015 Playwrights:

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From left-right:

Nabilah Said, for her play idea “State Land”
Tan Liting,
for her play idea B*tch”

Special thanks goes out to Tan Tarn How and Nelson Chia (Nine Years Theatre) for their valuable feedback and contributions as part of the selection panel alongside our resident director Casey Lim and resident dramaturg Dr Robin Loon.

Find out more about the Boiler Room 2015 Playwrights and their ideas here.

Follow the journeys of the playwrights and their script development process:

  • Tan Liting’s reflections on the key milestones of her research and writing journey. Her draft script titled SUIT will undergo a test-read on 19 September 2016.
  • Nabilah Said’s journal and reflections on her journey thus far. Nabilah is on a 6-month leave of absence from the programme (July 2016 – January 2017).

 

BOILER ROOM CYCLE 2014

We welcome our first batch of Boiler Room Playwrights, who will begin this journey with Centre 42 on our official opening date on 7 July 2014:

L-R: Suzanne, Bryan, Daniel

From left-right:

Suzanne Choo, for her play idea “Working Spaces”
Bryan Tan,
for his play idea “Paper Tigers
Daniel Chan,
for his play idea “Inside the Box

Special thanks goes out to Dr KK Seet and Nelson Chia (Nine Years Theatre) for their valuable feedback and contributions as part of the selection panel alongside our resident director Casey Lim and resident dramaturg Dr Robin Loon.

Find out more about the Boiler Room 2014 Playwrights and their ideas here.

Follow the journey of the playwrights and the script development process here.

 

 

#BRPLAYWRIGHT

A documentation of the creative journeys of Centre 42’s Boiler Room programme playwrights via Social Media channels.