Theatre, Literary Arts, Talk/Workshop

Page-To-Stage Workshop: Adapting Short Fiction with Alfian Sa'at

Organised by: Centre 42 & Singapore Book Council
  • Date:
    28 Nov - 5 Dec 2021, Sundays
  • Time:
    2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Duration:
  • Venue:
    Rehearsal Studio, 42 Waterloo Street
    Rehearsal Studio, 42 Waterloo StreetRehearsal Studio, 42 Waterloo Street


How do we turn a short story into a play? What types of short stories lend themselves best to stage adaptations? How much liberty are we able to take in the process? Can we subtract characters or add extra dialogues? And is it possible to change the ending?⁣

In this 3-hour workshop, join W!ld Rice's Resident Playwright Alfian Sa'at as he explores these questions. Using Claire Tham's short story "A Question of Song" as a starting point, he will lead participants through a series of exercises to help them extract the various units of a short story—characters, plot and setting—and reassemble them in the form of a play. By the end of the workshop, participants will have learnt how to uncover the dramatic and theatrical potential of prose fiction.⁣

This workshop is recommended for writers and those who have basic playwriting experience. Writers may or may not have had their scripts staged before.⁣

Limited spaces available, register now!⁣


This workshop is co-hosted by Centre 42 and Singapore Book Council (@singaporebookcouncil), in tandem with the live-streamed online talk "Page-To-Stage: Adapting Sing Lit to Singapore Theatre" on 24 Nov 2021, 8pm.⁣

Page-To-Stage Workshop: Adapting Short Fiction with Alfian Sa'at