The 19th Annual 24-Hour Playwriting Competition

Art, history and heritage come together to form an inspiring backdrop for TheatreWorks’ annual 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2016!

Held at Gillman Barracks, this year’s venue is a cluster of pre-war colonial buildings that were built in 1936. Once housing the British army, it became the site of a fierce battle as one of the last British posts to fall to the Japanese in 1942 – before being sold, in 1971, to the Singapore Armed Forces as a training ground for a grand total of $1.

Today, the ground’s military barracks have been transformed into a swanky arts centre, comprising an enclave of cool contemporary art galleries. Come along for a tour of the space and find out facts as well as real-life stories of this historical venue. Immerse yourself and let your writing be inspired by the unique blend of art, history and heritage of Gillman Barracks.

Don’t forget, one of the winning scripts from this year’s competition will be developed into a full production that will tour the South East District in the first quarter of 2017.

Have an idea you can’t get out of your head? Here’s your chance. Stop procrastinating, join now and start writing!

Competition Details: 
Date: 30 – 31 July 2016
Time: 4pm – 4pm
Venue: Gillman Barracks, Blk 7 Lock Road Singapore 108935

Competition Categories: 
Youth: 15 – 18 years old
Open: 19 years old and above

Registration Fee: 
Youth Category: S$30
Open Category: S$40

Prizes for each category:
1st Prize: S$700
2nd Prize: S$500
3rd Prize: S$300
Merit: S$100

To register, please download and fill up the registration form here and email it to tworks@singnet.com.sg by 20 July 2016.

There will only be 70 slots available for the competition.


The 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2015 is presented as part of TheatreWorks Writers’ Laboratory Writing & Community Programme, in partnership with the South East Community Development Council. Writing & Community is a holistic, unique programme that serves the community through harnessing individual talents and creatives.

Writing & Community is a strand of TheatreWorks Engagement to encourage audience appreciation of the Arts, and deepen the knowledge of its patrons as well as stakeholders.