In continuous effort of creating original works, The Wright Stuff, is a new playwright incubation programme initiated by Toy Factory Productions aimed to develop and nurture aspiring local playwrights to bring their work-in-progress scripts from writing to center stage.
A total of four playwrights – Al Hafiz Sanusi, Gina Chew, Samantha Chia and Tan Jia Yee were selected during an open call in June 2016. All playwrights will go through an intensive series of creative writing workshops to grasp a deeper understanding of local theatre script writing hosted by Toy Factory Productions Ltd and graciously mentored by its Chief Artistic Director, Goh Boon Teck.
In working tangents between discovering promising artists and establishing a space for young artists, The Wright Stuff has engaged budding directors to work hand-in-hand with the playwrights. Stanley Seah, Mitchell Fang, Irfan Kasban and Mustafa Sulaiman will not only be directing but also tasked to facilitate the progress of the playwrights' and their creative thought process. They'll develop to present their work-in-progress by mid July and early August 2017 over at NowPlaying@17, a newly renovated Toy Factory Productions Ltd performance space.
22 - 24 Jul | 3:00pm, 8:00pm
Written by Gina Chew
Directed By Mitchell Fang
When Blanche collides with her previous years of reckless abandonment, wedding vows are tested, secrets are uncovered and her once-perfect life is now in jeopardy. The existence she tried so hard to leave behind unnervingly catches up with her. Forced to confront her past, Blanche realizes some things can never change. Doubts begin to unfold in her life, and her permanence is ultimately short-lived.
27 - 29 Jul | 3:00pm, 8:00pm
Written by Tan Jia Yee
Directed By Stanley Seah
Sarah's mother is dying of cancer. As she repeatedly tries to master her mother's Chicken Curry recipe before she runs out of time, Sarah finds herself struggling to cope with the impending loss and her reversed role as a caregiver. With her on this emotional rollercoaster are two Chickens, who help her recreate the recipe and ultimately teach her about what it means to live and to die.
1 - 3 Aug | 3:00pm, 8:00pm
Written by Al Hafiz Sanusi
Directed By Irfan Kasban
A Malayan-Anglican daughter attempts to succeed her late English father's unfinished documentation of the legendary lyrical Hikayat of Hang Tuah & Hang Jebat. She attempts to differentiate between different versions of truth, but finds herself trapped in a cycle of both understanding and yet questioning the veracity of history. As the story progresses, the epic tale comes to live repeatedly, until it absorbs her in even as she narrates it.
A Piece Of Cake
5 - 7 Aug | 3:00pm, 8:00pm
Written by Samantha Chia
Directed By Mustafa Sulaiman
Pat's bakery is opening in a month's time and she's juggling hot coals between a stuck-up business partner, a soon-to-be or maybe-never husband, a mother who's pressing her to bake her own wedding cake, and an insufferable relative she just can't shake. As she tries not to lose sight of her dreams, she must make a choice for herself that will change everything.