Haresh Sharma is the Resident Playwright of The Necessary Stage, and Co-Artistic Director of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. He has written more than 50 plays which have been staged in Singapore, Glasgow, Birmingham, London, Dublin, Cairo, Melbourne, Busan, Seoul and New Delhi. He has been awarded fellowships and grants by the British Council, the United States Information Service and Asia-Europe Foundation, and was conferred the Young Artist Award in 1997. Among his published collections of plays, Still Building was awarded the Singapore Literature Prize and the Singapore Book Prize. His play Off Centre has recently been selected by Singapore’s Ministry of education as one of the literature texts for both O and N levels, the first Singaporean play to earn this distinction.
In this, the second part of a two-part interview, Haresh talks about The Necessary Stage, his plays, and the evolution of their role in Singapore.