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Words without Walls

A digital production

First published by Tatler Asia (Singapore) in 2017, Words Without Walls is a collection of stories written by mothers under non-profit organisation New Life Stories’ in-care programme. As part of a fundraising effort for Playeum with the support of Tatler Asia (Singapore), some of the stories were brought to life through a blend of beautiful storytelling, puppetry and animation. More about the project here.


Produced by Singaporean theatre director Noorlinah Mohamed and her creative team, this 15-minute show will delight young children and families, and is up online for a limited time only. 

Recommended for children aged 3 and up

Tales of love, hope & longing

On 25 January 2021, the digital production was sent to over 3000 beneficiaries under Playeum's charity partners. Since then, the production has been made LIVE online for all families to catch the production. We invite you to check it out below:

A big thank you to the Tatler fundraising committee and key donors of the Words without Walls project

Dana Cheong

Sybil Lau

Marilyn Lum

Fanty Soenardy

Serene Tan

Ginny Wiluan

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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More About the 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 digital production.

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