Nabilah Said


Nabilah Said is a playwright, editor and artist who works with text as material. She has presented original plays with theatre companies Teater Ekamatra, The Necessary Stage and T:<Works, as well as independent creatives in Singapore. Her play ANGKAT: A Definitive, Alternative, Reclaimed Narrative of a Native (2019) won Best Original Script at the 2020 Life Theatre Awards. Her play Inside Voices (2019) won the Outstanding New Work award at VAULT Festival, London, and was published by Nick Hern Books. Nabilah is the founder of playwright collective Main Tulis Group and co-founder of theatre collective Rupa co.lab. Nabilah has an M.A. in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Nabilah is interested in examining the thriving Malay community living on Christmas Island, including exploring their multiple identities as Malay, Asian and Australian, as well as the nuances of the island’s unique history, politics and ecology. She has some personal links to the island – her father worked on Christmas Island in the 1970s, and her parents got married there. Nabilah spent 5 weeks on Christmas Island as part of a research trip in 2022. The development of this script is supported by Melbourne-based company Malthouse Theatre, the Office of the Arts of the Australian Federal Government, and Teater Ekamatra.




A play exploring the history, reality and mythology of Christmas Island through a Singaporean protagonist.

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