How To Break A Window: Director's Cut, 20 – 23 Dec (Video On Demand)


An experiment on form.
An insistence on hybridity.
An instructional guide to a brave new world.

From 20 – 23 Dec 2020, T:>Works presents How To Break A Window: Director's Cut featuring three winners from the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition in a digitally produced film format. The three winning plays, The Correspondence, Third Eye and Tadka, are strung together into one film, with chapters indicated for easy browsing. Each ticket purchased for How To Break A Window: Director's Cut (Video-on-Demand) is valid for 24 hours.

About How To Break A Window

How To Break A Window is a series of digital and hybrid productions, live staged readings and conversations on digital performance, featuring the brilliant winners of T:>Works' 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2020. The programme name is a nod to the ingenuity of the featured playwrights, who approached the competition’s 2020 stimulus ‘Window’ with such pathos and creativity, akin to breaking a window in order to discover a new world.

About The Director's Cut: Tadka, The Correspondence and Third Eye

Digital Production: Tadka
Second Prize, Open Category
24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2020

Written by Carolyn Camoens
Directed by Jasmine Ng

Tadka is the story of life when life gets in the way. Geeta tries to create a space for herself, while she settles into her new life in Singapore. While trying to teach the recipe for her chicken curry, she has to contend with multiple other demands on her time, with distractions forcing her to confront new realities, while also revisiting some beloved memories.


Carolyn Camoens is a storyteller by craft and communicator by profession. She has written for page, stage and screen. As a communications professional, she has consulted for the world’s leading brands across sectors. Carolyn is an advocate for the power of stories to transform the way we engage, inspire and transform. She is happy reading a great story but happier still when she is shaping one – for clients, readers or audiences.

Jasmine Ng is a filmmaker who tells stories across platforms, from film to television, to theatre and site-specific installations. She has conceptualized cross-disciplinary works, with installation projects in various public spaces in Singapore. Being an advocate for the film and arts community, and the creative industry, she co-founded the Singapore Association of Motion Picture Professionals and is now the current president.

Digital Production: The Correspondence
First Prize, Youth Category
24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2020

Written by Sarah Zafirah
Directed by Kaylene Tan

The Correspondence surrounds the fraught relationship between the protagonist, Hal, and his father Adam. Juggling familial expectations and a personal transition into adulthood, Hal struggles to understand the parent, who he slowly finds to be strangely similar to himself. Upon receiving news of his father’s death, the young man is confronted with unfinished business in the midst of disconcerting grief. Presented through a series of memories and a non-linear timeline, Hal attempts to reconcile his perception of his father with his own difficult reality. The Correspondence delivers a powerful message on the difficulty of forgiveness and acceptance, in a time when such conclusions are not easily reached.


Sarah Zafirah is a Year 5 student in the International Baccalaureate Program at St. Joseph’s Institution. She inhales both donuts and the written word. Having become rather acquainted with the ‘O’ Level Drama syllabus in her alma mater, CHIJ Katong Convent, Sarah hopes to become more involved in the Singaporean theatre scene. Her hobbies include regular cat- cuddling, reading up on social issues that she is passionate about, and of course, writing. She hopes that her creations can serve as an insight into the mind of a teenager living in uncertain times, seeking answers to unknown questions.

Kaylene Tan writes across media for theatre, film and television. As director of performance company spell#7, she has been commissioned by arts institutions (Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, National Gallery Singapore) and festivals (Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore Biennale, Georgetown Festival) and collaborated with numerous independent companies and artists. Her headphone theatre production of “In the Silence of Your Heart” (Esplanade Studios) won Best Sound Design at the 2018 Life! Theatre Awards. Recent works include “Missing”, co-written with filmmaker, K. Rajagopal (Page to Stage, Arts House); and Brian Gothong Tan’s “Lost Cinema”, which was screened on Esplanade’s Offstage site in June 2020.

Hybrid Performance: Third Eye
First Prize, Open Category
24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2020

Written by Wong Chen Seong
Directed by Casey Lim
Rating: Advisory 16 (Some Mature Content)

After years of living abroad, Seong has been asked to return home to be with his family when his father takes ill. Upon his arrival in Singapore, he has to stay in quarantine before he can go home. In isolation, he soon realizes that he is not alone in his hotel room – whether with his own thoughts, memories or ghosts from the past or present. Does having a third eye mean never being able to have solitude or peace?


Wong Chen Seong started writing in secondary school and is a proud alumnus of the TheatreWorks’ Writers’ Lab Greenhouse. In the years since his last produced work during the inaugural Singapore Theatre Festival in 2006, he has focused his energies on his other life as an infectious diseases and HIV physician. Chen Seong remains fascinated by themes of memory and otherness, and creating mythologies where they might not yet exist.

Trained in music and photography, Casey Lim is an actor, director, digital video and sound artist. Casey was the Associate Artistic Director of TheatreWorks (1999). He co-founded Checkpoint Theatre and was the Co-Artistic Director from 2003 to 2007. He also served as a panel member in the Singapore Arts Festival’s Programme Advisory Committee from 2003 to 2006. He was the creative director for the Army Museum Object Theatre in 2007, and was the multimedia consultant for SAF’s NS45 island-wide exhibitions in 2012. In 2014, he co-founded Centre 42 and is now running Centre 42 as the executive director supporting the independent artists and art groups.

For more information, visit bit.ly/howtobreakawindow.

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