- About the Playwright
Trilogy is a collection of three plays by Haresh Sharma that explore the fundamentals of text and realism by scrutinising pressing issues that affect contemporary society.
Written between 2006 and 2008, the plays – Fundamentally Happy, Good People and Gemuk Girls – feature simple but powerful narratives that question personal, social, cultural and political convictions.
These award-winning plays represent some of The Necessary Stage’s most critically-acclaimed works in recent years and are set to be contemporary classics of Singapore theatre.
"From its perfectly apt title to its restrained conclusion, it is experienced like a breath - a sustained wrenching gasp of wonder, the flesh made word in a swell of gentle brutality."
—The Straits Times Life! (On Fundamentally Happy)
"... a beautifully crafted play which will engage you on multiple levels: cognitively, emotionally and possibly even spiritually."
—Flying Inkpot (On Good People)
"(Gemuk Girls) has weight, and the actors more than ably pull theirs to give us a classic in Singapore theatre."
—THE BUSINESS TIMES (on Gemuk Girls)
Haresh Sharma is Resident Playwright of The Necessary Stage and co-Artistic Director of the annual M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. To date, he has written about 100 plays. One of these, Off Centre, was selected by the Ministry of Education as a Literature text for ‘N’ and ‘O’ Levels, and republished by The Necessary Stage in 2006. In 2008, Interlogue: Studies in Singapore Literature, Vol. 6, was published by Ethos Books. Written by Prof David Birch and edited by A/P Kirpal Singh, it presents an extensive investigation of Haresh’s work over the past 20 years. A collection of Haresh’s plays was also translated into Mandarin and published as <<哈里斯·沙玛剧作选>> by Global Publishing. In 2010, Epigram Books published Those Who Can’t, Teach.
Haresh was awarded Best Original Script for Fundamentally Happy, Good People and Gemuk Girls during the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Life! Theatre Awards respectively. In 2010, the abovementioned plays were published by The Necessary Stage in the Trilogy collection. Most recently, two collections of short plays by Haresh, Shorts 1 and Shorts 2, were published as well. In 2011, Haresh became the first non-American to be awarded the prestigious Goldberg Master Playwright by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2014, Haresh was awarded the prestigious S.E.A. Write Award.
Cover Type: Soft Cover
Page Count: 186
Year Published: 2010
Size: 130mm x 210mm