17 – 18 January 2015, 2 – 5pm

Esplanade Rehearsal Studio


Biography of Artist


*Participation in both sessions is required

Here's your chance to get a first-hand experience of the unique devising methodology developed by The Necessary Stage’s Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma!


Characters and relationships are key to The Necessary Stage’s signature works – indigenous, intercultural, character-driven and issue-based. The company’s founder and Artistic Director Alvin Tan and Resident Playwright Haresh Sharma will conduct this two-day Devising Masterclass, where they will share their distinctive creative process, honed through the creation of numerous important works such as Off Centre, Fundamentally Happy and Those Who Can’t, Teach.


Focusing on the Festival’s theme of Art & Loss, participants will create characters from a series of individual and group improvisational exercises. They will also come up with scenarios, use tableaux and write scenes based on their improvised characters.


Excerpts from the award-winning plays Model Citizens and Gemuk Girls will be screened.


Acclaimed actors Karen Tan and Siti Khalijah Zainal, regular collaborators with Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma, will also be present for a discussion about building their respective characters in Model Citizens and Gemuk Girls using TNS’ devising methodology.


Participants will be selected via online registration.



  • Aged 16 years and above
  • Has devising/ improvisational theatre experience
  • Attend both sessions of the masterclass


How to Register:

  • Registration closes 2 December 2014.
  • Email your CV to with the subject header <Devising Masterclass>.
  • Selected participants will be notified by 9 December 2014. Payment details will be provided then.
  • Maximum number of participants: 20

The Necessary Stage (Singapore)