Playwright-mentorship platform ‘The Wright Stuff Festival’ to hold plays on climate change; performances to be done on upcycled stage sets

The three plays performed at the festival are made by aspiring playwrights under the mentorship of theatre professionals.

Kelly Chin

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Published: 5 July 2023, 5:28 PM

Audiences can look forward to watching plays addressing climate change issues and attending panel discussions on sustainability at this year’s edition of The Wright Stuff Festival from Sep 15 to Oct 1.

The Wright Stuff Festival, organised by Toy Factory Productions, is a platform where aspiring playwrights are discovered and mentored through a nine month programme under the guidance of theatre professionals. The mentorship then culminates as a festival for the mentees to showcase their scripts as full productions.

This year’s theme, “Climate”, will see plays that spotlight underlying topics of climate change such as fast fashion and fossil fuel corporations. 

Additionally, both the festival and plays will use upcycled materials to create set and lighting designs for a more sustainable and eco-friendly festival. A crowdsourcing campaign by Toy Factory Productions welcomes the public to contribute recyclable materials for the construction of the festival set. 

Fringe events such as panel discussions are also planned to raise public awareness about sustainable and creative practices to recycle, reduce waste and conserve energy in Singapore.

Interested participants can find more details about the fringe events and crowdsourcing campaign, which will be released at a later date, on Toy Factory Productions’s Facebook and Instagram.


The festival aims to encourage individuals to take on a more active and creative role in shaping an Eco-conscious world. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/TOY FACTORY PRODUCTIONS


The three plays featured at the event are The Thieves by Rachel Chin, Anthropocene by Vivian Quek and The Prisoner by Annie Low. 

Running from Sep 15 to 17, The Thieves tells the story of Pei Shan, a determined and passionate student-leader of the environmental activism group Hornbill State Eco Warriors. Their daring mission begins when a powerful CEO of a fossil fuel company sets his sights on expanding his empire, threatening the last remaining plot of pristine rainforest.

The play Anthropocene, which will run from Sep 24 to 27, follows Shawn, whose life mission is to defy death. The play talks about letting go of the world that we used to know and holding on tight onto the things that climate can’t change – the love we have for our community, and our one and only home.

The final play, The Prisoner, will be performed from Sep 29 to Oct 1. It is a play about Claire and her quest to seek out the face of the SOS message she discovers hidden within her company’s new clothing inventory. However, her pursuit not only exposes the hidden evils of the system but also forces her to confront her own growing dread and climate apathy. 

Taking place at the Gateway Theatre Black Box, the plays have two daily runs at 3pm and 8pm. 

Tickets are priced at $49 and can be purchased from the Toy Factory Productions’ website.

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