Esplanade Presents


In Conversation with Haresh Sharma and Joel Tan: Restagings and Reflections

Haresh Sharma and Joel Tan
Moderated by Charlene Rajendran


19 Aug 2023, Sat, 5pm


(Intermission: None)

Studio 219 (Esplanade Mall, #02-19)

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Haresh Sharma, Joel Tan

In this dialogue, Haresh Sharma and Joel Tan will reflect on the process of having their works restaged, in conjunction with the restaging of their works at The Studios 2023—Three Years in the Life and Death of Land and Mosaic respectively. The two playwrights and theatremakers will discuss how they have seen the plays grow and on navigating the shifts in society and audiences over the years. Audience members are invited to listen to this dialogue, and will have the opportunity to ask their own questions as well.


This is a companion programme to Three Years in the Life and Death of Land (5 – 13 Aug 2023) and Mosaic (18 – 20 Aug 2023) at the Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade. The Studios companion programmes are an invitation to deepen engagement with the artistic works and the conversations raised in the season.


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• Patrons who have registered but are not at the venue 5 mins before the start will have their seats released to walk-in patrons on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: English
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Haresh Sharma

Haresh has been the Resident Playwright of The Necessary Stage (TNS) since 1990. He was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 2015. To date, he has written more than 120 plays which have been staged in over 20 cities. His play, Off Centre, was selected by the Ministry of Education as a Literature text for GCE ‘N’ and ‘O’ Levels. 


Haresh has 13 publications of his plays, including Trilogy, Shorts 1, Shorts 2, Don't Forget to Remember Me and Abuse Suxxx!!! and Other Plays. His works have been translated into Malay, Mandarin, Greek and Italian. He was awarded Best Original Script for Fundamentally Happy, Good People and Gemuk Girls at the 2007, 2008 and 2009 The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards respectively. In 2021, Haresh published Reading the Room: A Playwright’s Devising Journey, which details his devising process developed over his career at TNS. Haresh also had the honour of having a selection of his works featured at Esplanade’s first playwright-centred season at The Studios in 2017.


Haresh is the first non-American to be awarded the prestigious Goldberg Master Playwright by New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2011. In 2014, he was conferred the Southeast Asian Writers (or S.E.A. Write) Award (Singapore), which recognises and honours literary excellence in the ASEAN region.

Joel Tan

Joel Tan is a Singaporean playwright based in London and Singapore. Recent works include The Butterfly Lovers (Victorian Opera/Wild Rice), No Particular Order (Theatre 503, The Studios: TRIP at Esplanade), shortlisted for the George Devine Award, Tartuffe (Wild Rice), When The Daffodils (Orange Tree Theatre); Living Archive (Royal Court); Ghosts in the Blood (Audible UK) and Augmented Chinatown (Chinese Arts Now). Upcoming work includes new plays with Wild Rice, the Royal Court, Headlong Theatre and the Almeida Theatre.


Joel also works inter-disciplinarily and has collaborated with visual artists, poets, musicians and dancers as a writer, director and dramaturg.

Date & Time

19 Aug 2023, Sat


Studio 219 (Esplanade Mall, #02-19)

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