Publications

Checkpoint Theatre gives plays new life after they’ve been staged by publishing original Singapore works. Our publications bring contemporary playwriting to a wider audience and build a canon that affirms and reflects Singapore’s diverse voices.

  • Faith Ng: Plays Volume 1

    $29.90
  • Huzir Sulaiman: Collected Plays 1998-2012

    $29.90
  • Joel Tan: Plays Volume 1

    $29.90
  • This is My Family: New Singapore Plays Volume 2

    $24.90
  • Voices Clear and True: New Singapore Plays Volume 1

    $24.90

Honest and compelling, Faith Ng’s plays bear witness to slices of Singapore life in all of their emotional complexity. Her characteristic empathy and perception shine through the shorthand and subtext captured in her vivid dialogue. From the universally acclaimed Normal to the delicately wrought For Better or for Worse, this collection of deeply affecting and sensitively crafted plays shows precisely why Faith is one of the most celebrated playwrights in her generation.

Edited by Lucas Ho with an introduction by Dr Philip Holden.

 

Contents

  • Wo(men)
  • Skin
  • For Better or for Worse
  • Ah Ma
  • Normal
  • Waste
  • Rose
  • You are My Needle, I am Your Thread (co-written with Alvin Lim)

Huzir Sulaiman’s virtuosic use of language and impeccable craft have cemented him as one of Southeast Asia’s preeminent playwrights and leading dramatists. His lyricism and dark humour have won him critical and popular acclaim for their masterful insight into the human condition. From the classic satire Atomic Jaya to the award-winning The Weight of Silk on Skin, this comprehensive collection offers readers an opportunity to acquaint themselves with an impressive body of work that has lit up the stage over the past two decades.

Edited with an introductory essay by Kathy Rowland.

 

Contents

  • Atomic Jaya
  • The Smell of Language
  • Hip-Hopera
  • Notes on Life & Love & Painting
  • Election Day
  • Those Four Sisters Fernandez
  • Occupation
  • Whatever That Is
  • They Will Be Grateful
  • Opiume: The Narrator’s Tale
  • Cogito
  • The Weight of Silk on Skin

Sharp and incisive, Joel Tan has received widespread recognition and acclaim for his lyricism, wit, and elegant mastery of language. His ability to craft dialogue in all its complex nuances, lilts and milieux has established him as an important voice of his generation and one of its most exciting playwrights. This compilation of seven remarkable plays from Joel, which include the humorously thought-provoking Mosaic and delicately poignant The Way We Go, capture the intricacies of the modern world with stillness and intelligence.

Edited by Lucas Ho and features an interview with the playwright by Huzir Sulaiman.

 

Contents

  • Family Outing
  • That Daniel
  • Postgrads
  • Hotel
  • People
  • The Way We Go
  • Mosaic

Robust and diverse, these six vital original Singapore plays address themes of family in all its complexity and diversity. They examine with care, intelligence, and honesty the joys and pains of family: the papered-over cracks of a twenty-year marriage; the enduring ties between a parent and a child; the forging of bonds between those not bound by blood. This anthology of acclaimed plays includes Oon Shu An’s #UnicornMoment, Luke Somasundram’s The Untitled Funeral Play, and Recalling Mother by Claire Wong and Noorlinah Mohamed.

Edited and introduced by Lucas Ho.

 

Contents

  • The Untitled Funeral Play by Luke Vijay Somasundram
  • For Better or for Worse by Faith Ng
  • Maggie and Milly and Molly and May by Leonard Augustine Choo
  • #UnicornMoment by Oon Shu An
  • Family Outing by Joel Tan
  • Recalling Mother by Claire Wong and Noorlinah Mohamed

By turns lyrical and hilarious, Voices Clear and True showcases eight exciting works from a new generation of Singapore playwrights marked by their intellectual rigour, emotional honesty, and refined technique. Published as part of Checkpoint Theatre’s 10th anniversary celebrations, the volume serves as both a record of powerful new work and as a valuable resource for students and makers of theatre everywhere. All the plays were written under the mentorship of Huzir Sulaiman and have been produced by Singapore theatre companies.

Edited by Huzir Sulaiman, Lucas Ho, and Laremy Lee, with an introduction by Huzir Sulaiman.

 

Contents

  • The Artist Who by Lucas Ho
  • wo(men) by Faith Ng
  • A Malay Romance by Christine Chong
  • Staying Over by Dan Koh
  • Bus Driver Bring Me to Die by Kenneth Chong
  • Radio Silence by Laremy Lee
  • The Good, the Bad and the Sholay by Shiv Tandan
  • Framed by Cheryl Lee