Everything but the Brain
What do Physics, three bears and a stroke have in common? Take a journey with Elaine, a middle-aged Physics teacher, as she explains the theory of relativity using the metaphor of three bears and a train, and devises a plan to turn back time and save her ailing father from physical determination.
Written by gifted playwright Jean Tay, Everything but the Brain was first developed at the Playwrights’ Cove at The Necessary Stage in 2001 and staged by Action Theatre in 2005. It won Best Original Script in The Straits Times’ Life! Theatre Awards in 2006 and has since been selected as an ‘O’- and ‘N’-Level literature text in Singapore.
“Jean’s adroit handling of themes, from the origins of genius to gene heritage and the tyranny of Time, makes Everything but the Brain one of the best things seen on stage here in a while.”
—The Straits Times
“One of the more thoughtfully constructed original shows to come out of Singapore in recent times.”
—The Business Times
About the Playwright
Jean Tay graduated in 1997 with a double degree in creative writing and economics from Brown University, USA. She was awarded the Weston Prize for Fiction at Brown, as well as the first and third prizes in the National Arts Council’s Golden Point Award National Short Story and Poetry Competition in 1995 and 2001 respectively.
Tay's plays have been performed in Singapore, the US, the UK and Italy. Plays produced include Water from the Well (1998), The Knot (1999),Hopper’s Women (co-written with Cindy Koh, 2000), Plunge (2000), Everything but the Brain (2005, 2007, 2013), Boom (2008, 2009, 2012), Sisters (2013) and Senang (2014). Tay has also written the books for the musicals The Admiral’s Odyssey (2005), Man of Letters (2006) and the children's musical Pinocchio (2010). Tay was attached to the Singapore Repertory Theatre as its resident playwright from 2006-2009, and currently runs its Young Company Writing Programme for young playwrights. She was also a writer-in-residence at the Nanyang Technological University in 2013.
In 2000, The Knot was awarded first prize in the Hewlett Packard/ACTION Theatre Ten-Minute Play Contest and selected as a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Ten-Minute Play Contest. Tay has been nominated three times for Best Original Script in The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards, and won for Everything but the Brain in 2006. In July 2007, she was selected to attend the prestigious month-long International Playwriting Residency organised by the Royal Court Theatre in London, where the concept for Boom was first developed. Boom and Everything but the Brain have both been selected by the Ministry of Education as 'O'- and 'N'-Level literature texts in Singapore.
Size: 145 x 210mm
Published: April 2010
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