24-Hour Playwriting Competition



In partnership with TheatreWorks Singapore, South East Community Development Council (CDC) has been supporting the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition since 2008. The only competition of its kind, it has attracted many aspiring playwrights from all walks of life to create plays within 24 hours in a unique and engaging setting. 


This competition remains an annual highlight amongst budding playwrights seeking for challenges and looking for an unconventional setting, such as the Institute of Mental Health, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, Gardens by the Bay and the Outward Bound School (Pulau Ubin), to allow their creative juices to flow while writing their essays. 
It is open to youths and adults and aims to identify potential playwriting talents from the community and provide a platform for them to showcase their creativity. 
Community Tour


A community tour component was introduced in 2010, with the aim of promoting new Singapore writing in public spaces and creating a theatrical experience for the community. Therefore each year, one winning script from the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition will be selected, turned into a play and roved to various locations in the South East District. In the process of producing the play, South East CDC hopes to nurture and develop more winning playwrights from our community under the guidance of various theatre professionals.



In addition, there will also be a post show dialogue between the playwrights, theatre professionals and audiences after each performance. We hope to leverage on the medium of theatre and use these performances as catalysts to facilitate the reflection and discussion of important issues related to living in Singapore.