In an effort to consolidate and boost its skills development and creative exploration programmes, The Necessary Stage (TNS) will be launching the TNS Devising Platform from July 2020.
Over its history, led by Founder and Artistic Director Alvin Tan and Resident Playwright Haresh Sharma, TNS has created numerous training and mentorship programmes including Theatre for Youth Ensemble (1992), Theatre for Seniors (2008), and Playwrights’ Cove (2001). Since 2014, TNS has also embarked on numerous creative laboratories under its exploratory initiative known as The Orange Playground.
All these programmes have proven to be popular and incredibly successful. For instance, Playwrights’ Cove developed talents such as Jean Tay, Ng Yi-sheng and Natalie Hennedige, all still actively contributing to the theatre scene today. Theatre for Seniors has staged numerous performances at a professional level, some of which are commissions by the Esplanade and the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. The Orange Playground too has allowed experiments to blossom and feed into TNS’ main season productions.
As such, the TNS Devising Platform will now act as the training arm of the company to nurture more theatre practitioners in its unique devising methodology, as well as its sandpit for creative interdisciplinary experimentation. In this 2020 edition, the TNS Devising Platform will feature three programmes – the Playwrights’ Cove, the Devising Laboratory and the Virtual Reality in Theatre Laboratory.
The Playwrights’ Cove will be led by Haresh Sharma, and is a five-month playwriting training and mentorship programme for about 10 emerging Singapore playwrights selected from an open call. At the end of the programme (running from 18th July to 19th December 2020 every Saturday), each playwright will have their play read before a public audience.
The Devising Laboratory will be led by Haresh Sharma, and is a five-month training programme for about 15 actors selected from an open call, who will be trained in TNS’ devising theatre methodology. Applications will open later in the year,
Finally, the Virtual Reality in Theatre Laboratory will be led by Alvin Tan, and sees him working with various actors and virtual reality filmmakers, to explore possibilities for the use of virtual reality in theatre performances.