Adapting Stories for Performance

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Learn the strategies of adapting a story to the stage and get an introduction to the basics of dramatic writing with playwright Jean Tay

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This workshop aims to introduce participants to the process of adapting literary works to the stage, through a series of hands-on writing exercises.

Apart from a basic introduction to the fundamentals of dramatic writing, participants will learn strategies to develop compelling protagonists and start to explore different approaches to bring their adaptations to life.

The workshop is for people who are thinking about adapting a book into a performative piece. It is also suitable for theatre practitioners who have some basic experience in creative writing.

This programme will be conducted via the Zoom platform. Participants do not need a Zoom account to take part in the workshop.

Kinokuniya members can enjoy 10% off the workshop fee for this programme. Please contact programmes@bookcouncil.sg for the discount code before online registration.

For enquiries, please email programmes@bookcouncil.sg


Jean Tay graduated in 1997 with a double-degree in creative writing and economics from Brown University, USA.

Plays produced include The Shape of a Bird (2016), Senang (2014), Sisters (2013), Everything but the Brain (2005, 2007, 2013) , Boom (2008, 2012) and Plunge (2000). Jean also wrote the books for the musicals Great Wall: One Woman's Journey (2017), The Admiral’s Odyssey (2005), and Man of Letters (2006). Her plays have been performed in Singapore, US, UK, and Italy. She has been nominated four times for Best Original Script for the Life! Theatre Awards, and won for Everything but the Brain in 2006. Her plays Everything but the Brain and Boom have been used as 'O' and 'N' Level literature texts for secondary schools.

Jean is the founding Artistic Director of Saga Seed Theatre.


The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to 5 working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Those who did not turn up at the workshop will not receive a refund.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation and withdrawal policy and accept the terms contained therein.

Note for Participants

Participants should:

  • Have some basic experience in creative writing
  • Come with a story they would like to adapt for performance
  • Be prepared to share their stories and writing exercises with the rest of the participants
  • Be visible to the facilitator and fellow participants through their web cameras during the workshop

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