About National Story Challenge


No safety in scripts. No time to ponder.
Will your imagination take flight, or will it flounder?
Spin a tale, tell a story. If they’re not fast asleep, you’re halfway to glory.
The Theatre Practice has officially thrown the gauntlet… Are you game?

What is the National Story Challenge? Watch the video and find out for yourself!

The National Story Challenge Tournament is an original improvisational storytelling competition created by The Theatre Practice, and open to students in all primary and secondary schools.  For the past 8 years, the tournament has grown steadily with increased participation. We invite you to be a part of this exciting event!

Start revving up your creative engines for the upcoming instalment of the National Story Challenge to be held between February and March. Regardless of nationality, ethnicity and gender, all students are welcome to take up the Challenge!


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Online registration

Online registration opens on 19 Dec, 2016.
Registration Deadline: 27 Jan 2017 , 12pm 03 Feb 2017, 12pm (EXTENDED!)

Rules & Regulations

For full details on the tournament’s Game Play, Rules and Regulations, and registration process, please view the respective language Guides:

Challenge Guide 2017

全国故事擂台章程 2017

Panduan Cabaran 2017

சவால் வழிகாட்டி 2017



Introduced in June 2006 as part of our Street Play programme for the Singapore Arts Festival Fringe, the National Story Challenge received an overwhelming response from both audience and participants. Conceived and organised by The Theatre Practice, The National Story Challenge was officially launched as a nationwide improvisational storytelling tournament in 2007. Now an annual event, 2017 marks our tenth Challenge tournament as we continue to push the limits of wit and creativity!


The National Story Challenge is so named because it demands versatility from Challengers. From cognition to creativity, to cooperation in Team categories, the National Story Challenge draws from a wide array of skill sets. Furthermore, the tournament hopes to promote eloquence and a healthy interest in language.


The National Story Challenge is divided into English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil tournaments, with respective Individual & Team entries. The following are the 12 categories.

Primary School Individual Mandarin Category Primary School Individual English Category Primary School Individual Malay Category Primary School Individual Tamil Category
Primary School Team Mandarin Category Primary School Team English Category Primary School Team Malay Category Primary School Team Tamil Category
Secondary School Individual Mandarin Category Secondary School Individual English Category Secondary School Individual Malay Category Secondary School Individual Tamil Category
Secondary School Team Mandarin Category Secondary School Team English Category Secondary School Team Malay Category Secondary School Team Tamil Category

Challenge Format

SC game chart

National Story Challenge is strictly by elimination only.

Preliminaries: 18 Teams or Individuals will be selected to enter the Semi-finals.

Semi-finals: 18 Teams or Individuals will be divided into 6 Groups. Each Group will have a common topic, each Team or Individual will have a different condition.

6 Teams or Individuals will be selected to enter the Finals.

Finals: 6 Teams or Individuals will be divided into 2 Groups. Each Group will have a common topic, each Team or Individual will have a different condition.

2 Teams or Individuals will be selected to contest for the Champion and Runner-up title.

Note: Competition group and order of presentation to be decided by a ballot.

General Game Play

1)        The order of performance will be decided by a ballot for all challengers before National Story Challenge begins.

2)        15 minutes before the performance, all challengers will be given a common topic (e.g. the 3 little pigs).

3)        Prior to performance, each challenger will receive a unique condition for their story. (i.e. there must be an accident in the story, OR the word “sorry” must be said 3 times in the story)

4)        Challengers must then perform an original story that fulfills the common topic, unique condition, and time limit. Points will be duly awarded for creativity, ability to adapt, and expression in story-telling.

  • Please note: Word play or punning of words used as conditions in the competition is strictly not allowed. The word should be used as it is spelt; only the context of its usage may be creatively altered.