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Past Seasonal Programs
May 2021
Making Collaborative Devised Theatre​
Across every weekend in May, explore new ways of making theatre through a range of collaborative devised processes! Facilitated by 4 exciting contemporary Singaporean directors, find or develop your own voice as a creator and share it with the world on our culminating session on the 30th!
Program Outline:
6pm - 10pm
1st May : Adapting Classic Texts - Cherilyn Woo
2nd May : Site Specific Devising - Thong Pei Qin
8th May : Autobiographical Devising - Adeeb Fazah
9th May : Collaborative Devised Theatre with Viewpoints - Khairul Kamsani
1:30pm - 4:30pm
16th May : Participant Devising Session
6pm - 10pm
22 & 23 May : Participant Devising & Rehearsal Sessions
1:30pm - 4:30pm
30th May : Participant Rehearsal, Sharing & Discussion Session
Choose from at least 1 facilitated session and all devising and rehearsal sessions from 16-30 May are included in the ticket. Participants are encouraged to partake in at least two facilitated sessions and experiment with combining approaches to their new work! Participants new to devising are welcome however some prior performance experience is recommended. Devising & Rehearsal sessions will be facilitated by Khairul Kamsani.
Sessions will be conducted at Aliwal Arts Centre. More details will be emailed to you upon booking confirmation.
About our Facilitators

Cherilyn Woo is a freelance Theatre director and Writer. She works across English and Mandarin theatre in Singapore and has a strong interest in adapting classics of a contemporary audience.


Some recent credits include; The Sound Inside (SRT), Oedipus (NYT), Note for Note ( The Arts House), A Collection of Things ( Arts in Your Neighbourhood), Faust/Us (NYT). For more information please visit

About My Session

Pei Qin is an independent Singaporean theatre director who is passionate about devising original works of critical social relevance. She graduated from the University of Essex (M.A. Distinctions in Theatre Directing) and the National University of Singapore (B.A. Honours in Theatre Studies) and has devised multi-disciplinary works on experimental platforms, often bringing performances out of the conventional theatre space.


She strongly believes that theatre should be made by and shared with everyone, and in her own highly collaborative working style, pushes for accessible equitable working ethos and creative processes to investigate ways to excavate Singaporean stories, multi-disciplinary approaches and site-specific research.


Her selected recent directing credits are “Mine” (2020), “SUPER MERMAID” (2019), “BITTEN: return to our roots” (2018), “招:When The Cold Wind Blows” (2018) and “Step Outta Line” (2018). She was the Associate Artist of The Theatre Practice, Associate Director of Saga Seed Theatre, and is currently a creative-in-residency with Centre 42, and a director-in-residency with W!LD RICE. She is also currently a part-time theatre lecturer at NIE/ NTU, LASALLE, and has lectured at NUS and NAFA.

About My Session

Adeeb is the Artistic Director of The Second Breakfast Company, advocating for youth voices and talent on professional stages, directing works like Family (2016), Performing Malay Sketches (2019) and The Singapore Trilogy (2021).

Adeeb has worked with Bhumi Collective and Adeeb & Shai on dead was the body till i taught it how to move (2018) and Last of Their Generation, which was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017. As artist-in-residence of Gateway Theatre, Adeeb directed Heather (2019), which featured Karen Tan, Andy Tear and designers Petrina Dawn Tan and Ng Sze Min. Adeeb is also a founding member of Impromptu Meetings, whose digital performance 晚安你好 (Wan An Ni Hao): The Late Night Show with Xiao Ming was re-staged at the Esplanade Concourse as part of its Foreword season.

He also works with young people as a freelance educator for drama-in-curriculum and CCA programmes in various secondary schools and polytechnics, including the Nanyang Polytechnic Social Work department on their Community Engagement module which tackles social issues. He is also sending 3 teams to SYF this year.


About My Session

Khairul is a Singaporean acting teacher and theatre director currently pursuing a PhD in Actor Training & VR at DeMontfort University (UK) on a full scholarship. Experienced in various elements within theatremaking, Khairul has directed and taught across Singapore, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. He graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (2018; London) with an MA in Actor Training & Coaching and is a former Resident Assistant Director at Singapore Repertory Theatre (2016-2017; Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress, Romeo & Juliet at Fort Canning, Hand to God, Constellations, Disgraced and many more).

His most recent directing works were Water Child (2020, Zoom) Lady Death (2019, Hong Kong) and Discord of Discourse (2019, Hong Kong & London).

About My Session

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