Open Call for Boiler Room 2016 Playwrights!

Do you enjoy the process of researching, constructing, and reviewing when developing your play-script?

If you do, then Boiler Room is the platform for you to write for the stage.

Boiler Room 2016 is a 12-month playwriting incubation programme. The focus is on developing ideas/scripts/texts written in English that are intended to be developed for the theatre. The intended outcome of this programme is the completion of read-ready drafts of the projects.

During this period, playwrights will work at their own pace while operating within a rigorous and specified framework, broadly outlined as:

  • Research Phase (July 2016 – Oct 2016)
  • Construction Phase (Oct 2016 – Jan 2017)
  • Writing Period (Jan 2017 – Feb 2017)
  • Review Phase (Mar 2017 – April 2017)

This programme is guided by the Centre’s resident dramaturg Dr Robin Loon[1] and resident director Casey Lim[2]. Acting as stewards, they will shape the process in accordance to the playwright’s project-specific creation needs. A large part of the process includes regular consultations and dialogues with, and discussing recommendations provided by the stewards.

Yes, this is for me.


  • The open call period is from 7 April 2016 to 6 May 2016 (closing at 2359hrs).
  • Download the Application form, and submit the completed form to
  • All applications received during the open call will be assessed by the Centre’s programme stewards and a specially-appointed External Selection assessor.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be informed latest by 27 May 2016.


  • All shortlisted applicants must attend a face-to-face interview at Centre 42 on either 18 or 19 June 2016. The interview panel will comprise the Centre’s programme stewards and another specially-appointed External Interview assessor.
  • All applicants will be notified of results by 7 July 2016.


  • Successful applicants will be announced on 7 July 2016. Your journey as a Boiler Room 2016 playwright begins.

Need for information?

  1. Read more about the Boiler Room process and Application requirements in the FAQ.
  2. Get a sense of the programme from Boiler Room 2014’s happenings.
  3. Email your queries and/or submission to


[1] Dr Robin Loon is also Centre 42’s Chief Consultant.
[2] Casey Lim is also Centre 42’s Executive Director.