Callout: Southeast Asian writers for plays on ‘Rot’

Lazy Native is a theatre collective that champions Southeast Asian work on international stages. They are seeking plays written by Southeast Asian writers to be presented in a semi staged format at a central London venue in February 2020, as part of the biggest festival of theatre and art held annually in London.

The selected piece will be presented as a double bill alongside Singaporean playwright Nabilah Said’s ‘Caliph’, with each piece receiving a 30-minute back-to-back slot.



  • Submitted work must be within 30 minutes or must have an excerpt that can fit into a 30-minute running time.
  • The two pieces will be presented under an umbrella theme of “rot”. “Rot”, meaning decomposition, decay and weakness, can take on any form, including physical, metaphorical, spiritual and symbolic. While you are free to interpret this theme in any way that suits, the chosen play should ideally reflect the spirit of the times.
  • Plays can be any length, set in any time period and location, and with any number of characters.
  • A majority of the play must be written in or comprehensible to an English-speaking audience, or otherwise must be translated into English.
  • As a small theatre collective they are unfunded and raising money for the project. The writer for the selected piece will receive a small fee in consideration of their contribution to the final production.

This callout is open only to Southeast Asian writers. This includes: writers currently based in Southeast Asia; writers in the diaspora based overseas; and writers with Southeast Asian heritage in any form. Southeast Asia includes Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.



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Published on:
1 Oct 2019


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