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503Studio: Messy Forms for a Messy Time

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503Studio Masterclass: Messy Forms for a Messy Time, Joel Tan

Life’s a mess, the world’s a mess, discourse is a mess. It sometimes feels impossible for any of that to cohere in a well-behaved way, let alone a well-behaved play. How do we lean in? How do we use the fractured reality of the world, media, our souls, as models for plays? How do we give ourselves permission?

Thanks to our Share The Drama scheme, we want to make sure those of you who are struggling in the current climate can still take part in our Writers Programme. While we prioritise anyone who is long term unemployed and/or claiming benefits, we’re also offering subsidies if you’re in financial difficulty as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

To express interest in a bursary place through our Share The Drama scheme, please sign up here. If you would prefer to speak directly to a member of our team about your circumstance or to ask for more information about this scheme, please contact us.

If you have any access requirements, you can let us know here. If you would rather discuss any access requirements and how we can accommodate them prior to booking, please get in touch with us here.

Time: 7pm – 9.30pm

Running time of workshop: 2.5 hours – delivered online. Maximum class sizes are 14. A portion of spaces have been reserved for Share the Drama places.

To sign up for advanced booking for future iterations of the 503Studio: Writers Programme, please join the waiting list here.

Joel Tan 陈文传

Joel Tan 陈文传 is a Singaporean playwright based between London and Singapore. His play LOVE IN THE TIME OF THE ANCIENTS was a finalist for the 2019 Papatango Prize, and NO PARTICULAR ORDER was shortlisted for Theatre503’s 2018 Playwriting Award. Joel was one of the 503Five resident playwrights at Theatre503 and was part of the 2020-2021 Royal Court Writers Group.

Recent short form work in the UK includes WHEN THE DAFFODILS with Orange Tree Theatre; LIVING NEWSPAPER with the Royal Court Theatre; site-specific audio work OVERHEARD, and digital immersive audio journey AUGMENTED CHINATOWN with Chinese Arts Now. He has plays in development with Almeida Theatre, the Royal Court, and Headlong Theatre. Joel also works inter-disciplinarily, and has collaborated with visual artists, poets, musicians and dancers as a writer, director and dramaturg.

In Singapore, his plays have been produced by leading theatre companies including Checkpoint Theatre, Wild Rice, and Pangdemonium, and several are available in a collection, Joel Tan Plays Volume 1, published by Checkpoint Theatre.


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