- About the Playwright
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.
"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
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: 177
Year Published: 2012
Size: 209mm x 130mm