Late-Night Texting 2019

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Designed by Daniel Teo.

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Designed by Daniel Teo.

30 - 31 August 2019 | 7:00pm - 12:00am
31 August - 1 September 2019 | 7:00pm - 12:00am
Centre 42, 42 Waterloo Street

Admission to all programmes is free, first come, first served.

We’re ramping up the text-ual tension once again this August! LATE-NIGHT TEXTING is Centre 42’s annual showcase of exciting new text-based works by some of Singapore’s freshest independent theatre-makers. In our fourth Late-Night Texting, we bring you over 25 bite-sized performances from Attempts, Brown Voices, Main Tulis Group, Pink Gajah Theatre, C42 Vault artists, and C42 Boiler Room playwrights.

Come experience a wide range of theatrical performances, from reinterpretations of Singapore theatre classics to works which shine a spotlight on invisible narratives. Along with books to feed your soul and a food truck to fill your belly, join us for text-y times all night long at our historic blue house on Waterloo Street.

Late-Night Texting 2019

Programme Schedule

Late-Night Texting 2019 Programme Schedule. Click here to download.

Programme Highlights

30 & 31 AUG
Double Takes
By C42 Vault Artists

DOUBLE TAKES features three 30-minute performances inspired by iconic plays from three different decades of Singapore theatre, developed by next-generation theatre-makers from the NUS Theatre Studies programme. Each work was previously presented as part of Centre 42’s VAULT programme, which invites artists to create contemporary responses to classic Singapore plays.


30 & 31 AUG
Room to Breathe
By C42 Boiler Room Playwrights

ROOM TO BREATHE presents dramatised readings of two full-length plays birthed from Centre 42’s playwriting incubation programme.

30 & 31 AUG
Dating Sim (Beta)
By Attempts

DATING SIM (BETA) is a 30-minute participatory theatrical experience that takes the form of an interactive dating simulation game come to life, allowing the audience a closer examination of their agency and prejudices in modern dating and relationships.

In a not-so-distant future, the worldwide conglomerate ARC controls everything from cradle to grave. To boost fertility rates, ARC is beta-testing Mate-Match, an algorithm designed to find perfect matches for everyone. Groups of beta-testers will participate in a dating simulation where they’ll be asked to make choices collectively.



30 & 31 AUG
Verso / Recto
By Main Tulis Group & Pink Gajah Theatre

VERSO / RECTO is a 30-minute double-bill of performative responses to three poems by Southeast Asian writers. See how Main Tulis Group’s and Pink Gajah Theatre’s distinctive styles breathe life into these works. The three poems were curated by BooksActually.


30 & 31 AUG
Kitchen Masala
By Brown Voices

Singapore Indian narratives take centre stage in KITCHEN MASALA, a series of 10-minute plays that feature stories about family and relationships centred around the Singaporean Indian identity inspired by the writers’ own personal experiences.

30 & 31 AUG
The World's Loneliest Bookstore
By BooksActually

A catastrophic solar flare has devastated the earth. Amongst the handful of survivors, a woman in Singapore scavenges books from the rubble and opens the last remaining bookstore on earth. Welcome to THE WORLD’S LONELIEST BOOKSTORE.

Amidst detritus and solitude, join in discussions of Singapore and Southeast Asian literature with other surviving authors. Later on in the night, our intrepid bookseller will regale you with tales of the apocalypse, survival, and her iron-clad will to set up a bookstore in a world where few book lovers persist.

30 & 31 AUG
Fill Ya Belly
By Coffee Bandits

COFFEE BANDITS is Singapore’s only coffee specialty food truck. Besides coffee, they serve food and pride themselves on great service. They have been fueling hungry texters since our first edition of LATE-NIGHT TEXTING and this year is no exception.


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