The Fourth Trimester (2022)

4 August 2022 – 14 August 2022 @ Drama Centre Theatre, National Library Building


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, 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.

Rich, humorous, and compassionate, The Fourth Trimester is achingly familiar in its portrayal of family life and all its uncertainties. With direction by Claire Wong and 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.

Isabella Chiam
Joshua Lim
Julie Wee
Hang Qian Chou
Rusydina Afiqah
Al-Matin Yatim
Oon Shu An

Playwright: Faith Ng
Director: Claire Wong
Dramaturg: Huzir Sulaiman

Set & Costume Designer: Petrina Dawn Tan
Sound Designer: Shah Tahir
Lighting Designer: Mac Chan
Hair Designer: Ashley Lim
Make-up Designer: Bobbie Ng (The Make Up Room)
Costume Design Assistant: Chong Wee Nee
Set Design Assistant & Props Manager: Azy Alias

Producers: Claire Wong, Huzir Sulaiman
Production Manager: Lam Dan Fong
Stage Manager: Izz Sumono
Assistant Stage Manager: Saffa' Afiqah
Dresser & Production Assistant: Harini Sundaraja
Crew: Nur Amirah Binte Rohaizad
Marketing and Publicity: Faith Ng, Jayne Lim, Tricia Tan
Graphic Design: Marc Gabriel Loh
Production Photography: Zakaria Zainal
Production Videography: Joel Lim @ Calibre Pictures
Interns: Lee Wen Ying, Lim Kai Ling, Sarah Zafirah bte Noor Ashikin

(Source: Checkpoint Theatre Programme)



The Fourth Trimester (2022), Programme
Programme for The Fourth Trimester (2022).
Checkpoint Theatre
Recorded: 4 August 2022