Plays for Schools

Haresh Sharma | The Necessary Stage | 2012

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Ah Boy & the Beanstalk

Hamlet

History, Whose Story?

Survivor Singapore

What Big Bombs You Have

Such Sweet Sorrow 

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The Necessary Stage has been at the forefront of youth arts education since 1992. In 20 years, the company has created numerous plays which have toured primary and secondary schools. Six of these plays can be found in this brand new collection.

Award-winning playwright Haresh Sharma has created stories and characters that will entertain, delight and surprise the reader. The plays include contemporary adaptations such as Hamlet, Such Sweet Sorrow (based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet), What Big Bombs You Have (based on Little Red Riding Hood) and Ah Boy & the Beanstalk (adapted from Jack and the Beanstalk). The collection also includes the hugely entertaining History, Whose Story? and Survivor Singapore.

Plays for School contains notes on the plays by the writer as well as an introduction by Alvin Tan.

ISBN: 9789810729134

Cover Type: Soft Cover

Year Published: 2012

Language: English

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The Necessary Stage has been at the forefront of youth arts education since 1992. In 20 years, the company has created numerous plays which have toured primary and secondary schools. Six of these plays can be found in this brand new collection.

Award-winning playwright Haresh Sharma has created stories and characters that will entertain, delight and surprise the reader. The plays include contemporary adaptations such as Hamlet, Such Sweet Sorrow (based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet), What Big Bombs You Have (based on Little Red Riding Hood) and Ah Boy & the Beanstalk (adapted from Jack and the Beanstalk). The collection also includes the hugely entertaining History, Whose Story? and Survivor Singapore.

Plays for School contains notes on the plays by the writer as well as an introduction by Alvin Tan.

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“The play, written by resident playwright Haresh Sharma and directed by Sean Tobin, is practically a textbook study of the sort of theatre that appeals to young people.”

THE FLYING INKPOT ON SUCH SWEET SORROW

“A bold and creative artistic venture, and it delivered a biting commentary on an immensely relevant social issue.”

-THE FLYING INKPOT ON WHAT BIG BOMBS YOU HAVE 

ISBN: 9789810729134

Cover Type: Soft Cover

Year Published: 2012

Language: English

Haresh Sharma

Haresh has been the Resident Playwright of The Necessary Stage since 1990. He was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 2015. To date, he has written more than 100 plays, which have been staged in over 20 cities. His play, Off Centre, was selected by the Ministry of Education as a Literature text for ‘N’ and ‘O’ Levels.

 Haresh has 10 publications of his plays, including Trilogy, Shorts 1, Shorts 2 and Don’t Forget to Remember Me. His works have been translated into Malay, Chinese, Greek and Italian. He was awarded Best Original Script for Fundamentally Happy, Good People and Gemuk Girls during the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Life! Theatre Awards respectively.

He has participated in several writers’ festival including the inaugural Singapore Literature Festival in New York (2014), the New Delhi World Book Fair (2015), the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (2015), and the Hong Kong Literary Festival (2015).

Haresh is the first non-American to be awarded the prestigious Goldberg Master Playwright by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2011. In 2014, he was conferred the Southeast Asian Writers (or S.E.A. Write) Award (Singapore), which recognises and honour literary excellence in the ASEAN region. 

The Necessary Stage

Formed in 1987 by our Artistic Director Alvin Tan, The Necessary Stage (TNS) is a non-profit theatre company with charity status. Our mission is to create challenging, indigenous and innovative theatre that touches the heart and mind. TNS is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Major Grant FY2014-FY2016, and is also the organiser of the annual M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. TNS also has the honour of being the only arts company in Singapore helmed by two Cultural Medallion recipients: Artistic Director Alvin Tan and Resident Playwright Haresh Sharma.

2017 sees TNS celebrating its 30th anniversary. Having presented more than 100 original plays in Singapore and abroad, TNS remains focused on breaking new ground in original local content and intercultural exploration.

For its Main Season, TNS produces an average of two plays a year at our black box and other venues. The plays are original, mostly devised pieces created in a collaborative process that is based on research, improvisation before scripting, and input from all members of the production.

We are also committed to international exchange and networking between Singapore and other countries through the staging of the company’s plays abroad, inviting foreign works to be presented by the company in Singapore, through dialogues, workshops and training opportunities as well as creative collaborations leading to intercultural and interdisciplinary productions.

TNS has also curated and presented the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival from 2005 to 2014. While we continue to be the organisers of the festival, as part of our new strategy to refresh the direction of the Festival, we began a rotating Artistic Directorship with appointments on three-year basis to helm the curating of the Festival.

TNS has also been unwavering in its efforts to nurture new talents and local content, through platforms such as the Theatre for Youth Ensemble, Playwrights’ Cove, commissions at the Fringe Festival, Theatre for Seniors, and The Orange Playground, the latter being an initiative in creative research and development, providing artists with an exploratory environment where risks can be freely taken within and with the creative process. In the second half of 2017, TNS will be launching an online archival portal at tnsarchives.com, providing the public access to its 30 years of history, as well as The Orange Production, its newest initiative that will see TNS’ creative personnel working with emerging artists, to develop small-scale productions for staging in its black box theatre.

For more information, visit www.necessary.org

View all books by The Necessary Stage here

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