WILD@Home: W!ld Rice Continues To Engage Audiences During Circuit Breaker
Local theatre company W!ld Rice has announced the launch of WILD@Home, its new initiative to bring together audiences and artists in the wake of strict circuit-breaking measures introduced by the government to curb the transmission of COVID-19.
One of WILD@HOME’s key initiatives would be their new online developmental programmes designed to nurture and support theatre practitioners who are seeking to hone their skills. These include four residencies offering grants of up to $10,000 for aspiring and emerging directors to create and present a production in W!ld Rice’s Studio Theatre under W!ld Rice Founding Artistic Director Ivan Heng’s mentorship.
Over the course of the programme, Heng will support, challenge and encourage participants as they work towards creating a show of their own. Successful applicants will be awarded a grant of up to $10,000 to translate their vision into reality, with the final show receiving three performances in the Studio Theatre. Each applicant will also be provided with all necessary technical support, as well as access to rehearsal spaces. Priority will be placed on plays addressing under-explored issues or under-represented communities, and interested candidates should submit their applications to Koh Bee Bee at email@example.com by 6th May.
Playwrights who are looking to improve their craft can apply for one-on-one playwriting workshops with W!ld Rice Resident Playwright Alfian Sa’at. In these virtual consultations held on Zoom, Alfian will offer advice on how to develop ideas into scripts, as well as provide feedback on works already in progress. Consultations will include discussions on how to translate ideas into theatrical form, relevant recommended readings and script dramaturgy. A total of 10 slots are available, and applicants (minimum age of 18) should apply by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3rd May.
“These programmes were originally planned for 2021, but we felt an urgency to bring them forward to encourage and support our theatre practitioners at this difficult time,” says Ivan Heng. “It’s a much-needed investment, and a perfect opportunity for artists to nurture their craft and create new work, even as we look forward to better days for all of us.”
“In this age of social distancing, it’s more important than ever to create opportunities for our community to come together,” Heng adds. “We may not be able to meet in person, but we can still make a human connection through sharing our stories.”