At Theatreworks’ 20th 24-Hour Playwriting Competition, aspiring playwrights were sent to a farm community in the middle of Lorong Chencharu last September to bang out a full script over a day. And from that competition, one winner’s play from the Open Category is about to be adapted into a full production – NUS sociology student Christopher Chee with The Good Farmer. 
The Good Farmer starts off with the same line every other play in the competition does: “All men are created equal but only the best are born in July”. And what Christopher has done is centre the entire play around that line, as we follow Jacob and Joseph Teo, identical twins born just minutes apart, separating their birthdays into 30th June and 1st July respectively. But for convenience sake, their birthdays were celebrated on 1st July each year. Jacob struggles to keep up as an EM2 student, while high flyer Joseph ends up a Public Service Commission scholar. What really is it that makes these two brothers to go down such different paths – is it favouritism? An inferiority complex? And what happens when one of them goes missing?
Directed by Grace Kalaiselvi and starring Desmond Soh and Jeramy Lim, The Good Farmer aims to expose the inherent favouritism that arises even in the best of families, and the universal concept of sibling rivalry. Making its tour around the Southeast CDC this March, come catch this promising new play about family, relationships and all the facets that make up being a sibling.
The Good Farmer plays on the following dates at the following venues:
Marine Parade Community Centre Theatrette (278 Marine Parade Road): 8 – 10 March 
Mountbatten Community Centre, Performance Centre (35 Jalan Satu): 15 – 17 March
SingPost Centre, Auditorium, Level 5 (10 Eunos Road 8): 23 – 24 March
Admission is free. Tickets available via Eventbrite. To find out more information, follow the Writing and Community Blog here.

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