Words without Walls

A fundraiser for Playeum

Words Without Walls is a CSR project by Edipresse Media Singapore (EMS), in support of Playeum’s work. EMS continues to pursue its English literacy cause with an adaptation of its children’s storybook, Words Without Walls, which was produced in collaboration with non-profit organisation New Life Stories in 2017, featuring eight heart-warming stories written by mothers who are incarcerated. This year, EMS and Playeum will bring the storybook to life with a 60-minute theatre performance in the innovative style of shadow puppetry.


Playeum is the chosen beneficiary for this year and all the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to furthering our mission of using play and the arts to work with ALL children, including those from marginalised backgrounds and with varying disabilities.

Performance Information

Date & Time

13 & 14 March 2020

3:00pm & 7:00pm

Information on tickets to be shared soon.

Launch of a Storybook

In 2017, EMS published a children's storybook like no other. Called Words without Walls, this book features eight heartwarming stories written by mothers in incarceration.


With the help of non-profit organisation New Life Stories and a group of private donors, the EMS team edited, illustrated and published this storybook that raised $33,000 that went entirely to New Life Stories to help in the educational support of preschool children whose parents are in prison. 


Since its release, the Words without Walls storybook has made its way into Singapore National Library, selected libraries in rural Cambodia, as well as the reading list of the children supported by New Life Stories.

This year, EMS and Playeum are taking it forward by transforming these beautiful stories into a live theatrical puppetry performance.

The Talents Behind the Performance

Noorlinah Mohamed, an award-winning theatre actress, arts educator and creative producer. She is the artistic director of two well-known events, KidsConnect and N.O.W.; KidsConnect is a child-let arts carnival and N.O.W. is an all-women interdisciplinary public project focusing on women. 

Brian Gothong Tan, the foremost multimedia and immersive cinematic artist in Singapore. This adaptation of selected stories from Words without Walls will capitalise on Brian's stunning visual wizardry. Brian is currently working on the Singapore Bicentennial exhibition at Fort Canning. He is also the multimedia artist for national events such as the National Day Parade and his works have been featured in the Night Festival, Singapore Biennale and Singapore International Festival of Arts.

A big thank you to the key donors of the Words without Walls project

Nancy Ong

Calvin and Grace Zhang

Jade Kua

Opera Gallery Ptd Ltd

Sammi Lim

Ron Sim

Adrian Ng and Loh May Han

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