The Fourth Trimester
Following sold-out runs of the critically acclaimed Normal (2015 and 2017), playwright Faith Ng and director Claire Wong return with The Fourth Trimester, a compelling new play that will sweep you into the vivid, messy embrace of parenthood and family life.
The first month is always the roughest.
Exhausted from battling sleepless nights and endless diaper changes, first-time parents Samantha and Aaron find themselves overwhelmed caring for their newborn. Close friends rally around them in support, but picture-perfect couple Lisa and Daniel are beginning to feel the strain of family life on their relationship, while Ann yearns for a space of her own. Next door, newlyweds Sofia and Johan deal with the pressures of starting a family. Faced with the tangle of life and its hurdles, ‘adulting’ has never seemed so complicated.
Incredibly rich, humorous and compassionate, The Fourth Trimester is achingly familiar in its portrayal of family life and all its uncertainties. With sensitive, nuanced direction by Claire Wong and insightful dramaturgy by Huzir Sulaiman, Faith Ng’s latest work casts a refreshing and timely light on parenthood, identity, and what it means to be happy in contemporary Singapore.
Expect the unexpected in this hopeful and heartfelt ode to the places we call home, and the people we choose as family.
Hang Qian Chou
Oon Shu An
- Assistant Director
Lim Shien Hian
Petrina Dawn Tan
- Sound Designer
- Lighting Designer
- Stage Manager
The Fourth Trimester is a must-watch play about parenthood [...]
[Faith] Ng's script is so full of minutely observed detail that it feels lived-in, like Petrina Dawn Tan's cluttered set for Sam and Aaron's three-room Housing Board flat, with clothes and baby things strewn over every available surface. […] The cast is strong across the board, held together by [Isabella] Chiam's relatable performance... [...]
The Fourth Trimester is a must-watch for all sorts of people. Men should see it, if only to realise the invisible labour their wives and mothers have borne this whole time. Mothers will see their struggles reflected on the stage; women who have yet to have children will have a lot to mull over.THE STRAITS TIMES, SG
Pandemic Era's First Essential Singapore Play [...]
The rhythms and routines of daily life in Singapore rarely look more genuine than when they're depicted by playwright Faith Ng. Her new play, The Fourth Trimester, is her most ambitious and articulate yet.
It's the first essential Singapore play to emerge from the pandemic era that honestly deals with our contemporary realities. […] Together with Ng's previous play 𝘕𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘭, The Fourth Trimester places Ng in the pantheon of great Singaporean feminist playwrights... [...]
The performances are uniformly strong, as are the technical designs. There is so much in The Fourth Trimester that women can identify with. But for Singaporean men, it is essential viewing, because it peels back the rug under which so much injustice towards women here has been swept for so long.The Business Times, SG
Every play of Faith Ng's continues her quiet, tender and canny dissection of Singaporean life. The Fourth Trimester, presented by [Checkpoint Theatre] and directed by [Claire Wong], is no exception. It offers an unflinching look at millennial parenthood and the pressures of "adulting" in modern Singapore, whether one chooses a life of committed coupledom or strident singlehood. I see shades of Faith's earlier plays beautifully teased out in this rich, complex narrative: strong female friendships, strained marriages and the eternal pressure to match up to societal expectations. It's a play that triggers multiple emotions at once by holding you ever so tenderly in its grasp. This is essential viewing for anyone navigating family life in Singapore.Naeem Kapadia