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Oon Shu An: Embodying the Role of a Single, Independent Woman in New Play

“Society puts a huge pressure on us to be attached to someone, to want children and to reach other societal milestones. Ann is wondering: ‘Do I really want that? And on what terms do I want that? Is it possible to find what you want, and what does it require of our partners?’”

The Fourth Trimester: Behind the Scenes of the Powerful New Play by Checkpoint Theatre

We take a look at the weeks and months of rehearsals that went into bringing Faith Ng’s latest play on adulthood, parenthood, and what it means to be happy in contemporary Singapore, live on stage.

Al-Matin Yatim: Actor Dives Deep Into the Character of a Husband Yearning to be Father

“I hope audiences who watch ‘The Fourth Trimester’ will have more empathy and compassion for others. Stop putting pressure on and asking people when they’re going to have kids. It’s such a sensitive question…”

Rusydina Afiqah: Actor Gives a Voice to The Difficulties of Starting a Family in New Play

“And to everyone who’s watching this play, I hope you come to realise that it’s okay if your life is turning out differently from what you thought it would be. If you want to remain unmarried until the age of 35, so be it. Don’t want kids? That doesn’t make you any less normal. Go write your own story.”

Hang Qian Chou: Actor Discusses the Role of a Husband and Father in New Play

“I think it’s important to tell this story because often, once children come into the picture, especially in a city as stressful as Singapore, everything becomes about them and whether you, as parents, have enough to provide for them. If we neglect that relationship, then problems may arise and eat into how we feel about parenthood.”

Julie Wee: Actor Embraces the Challenges of Playing a Stay-At-Home Mum

“What convinced me to take up this role were the many cultural touchpoints that I very much identify with. Faith talks about our struggles with work-life balance, societal and self-imposed pressures, and the gender roles that we conform to or rail against.”

Joshua Lim: Actor Sheds Light on Often Overlooked Struggles of First-Time Dads in New Play

“With stories like ‘The Fourth Trimester’ painting a very realistic picture of parenthood, I hope more people understand that dads need help and support too. And if you’re a dad who may not be doing that much right now, I hope this play reminds you that parenting is a team effort!”

Isabella Chiam: The Actor Gets Candid About the Emotionally Demanding Role of Playing a First-Time Mum

“When the audience watches ‘The Fourth Trimester’, I hope they understand that at the end of the day, it’s not about embodying or being an  ‘ideal’. We shouldn’t be so dogged by the idea of perfection that we lose what it means to be in the present.”

Faith Ng: Harsh Truths of First-Time Parenthood Inspired Young Mother’s Latest Play

“So it always comes back to the same question of ‘Are you happy?’ And what does it even mean to be happy? Does it even matter? Because it’s really hard to be happy in Singapore. There are so many expectations and it’s all very heartbreaking.”

Winston Wong: 74-year-old Army Veteran Remembers Life as a Young Soldier at Pulau Blakang Mati

Humans of Sentosa | “I’m 74 now. When I joined the army, I was in my early twenties. Back then, many thought Singapore was too small to have an army. But in 1967, the government began to publicise the need for a Singapore Armed Forces…”

Arief: Working Hard to Get Out of Poor Living Conditions and Be an Inspiration to Other Low-Income Kids

“A lot of people fail to understand that most of the time, the situation these parents are in is not a matter of choice for them. They are in survival mode. It’s not that they don’t have initiative or don’t want the best for their kids. They’re just trying their best to make ends meet.”

Veronica Emily Chan: Making Guests Happy with Inspirational Messages on their Takeaway Coffee Cups at The Barracks Hotel

Humans of Sentosa | “If your job isn’t your cup of tea but you still work for financial reasons, then work will feel like a drag. But if you love what you do, you’ll look forward to work everyday.”

Francisco: At 50, Inspiring Mexican in Singapore Sees Boxing as a Metaphor for Life

People of Legends | “In the ring, you’re by yourself. You may get punched or knocked down, and regardless of whether you win or lose, you gotta stand up and keep going. That’s how things go in real life.”

ZERO: Using Street Art as a Platform for Change

The Singaporean artist who does graffiti, street art and murals talks about the hidden meaning behind his works and being an agent of change.

Chef Liinson Heng: From the Kitchens of France to Ola Beach Club, Singaporean Chef Honours His Mom Through Cooking

Humans of Sentosa | “So on Mother’s Day four years ago, I brought her here and created a fine dining experience for her. I think she was impressed that her son became someone who was able to cook nine meals for her. I just wanted to make her proud.”

Darren Soh: Singaporean Photographer Shares His Passion for Documenting Old Buildings Before They’re Gone Forever

The architectural photographer shares his thoughts on Singapore’s ever-changing urban landscape, the importance of conservation, his photo book that celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Housing Development Board and his exhibition in Berlin. 

Firwan Johan: Singaporean Singer-Songwriter Details Heartbreak of Music Career in Malaysia and Why He Never Gave Up

The Prudent People | “I don’t think you should ever give up on something you love, just because times get hard. After everything you’ve been through, you should have given up a long time ago. So why do you suddenly want to give up now? Keep going!”

Anthony Chen: The Singaporean Filmmaker on Never Selling Out and Overcoming an Existential Crisis During the Pandemic

Renowned for films like “Ilo Ilo” and “Wet Season”, Anthony Chen talks why he can and only will tell stories that are personal to him. 

Saifullah Kamaludin: Heritage Guide Makes Being a History Nerd Cool at Sentosa

“When Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un came to Singapore in 2018, Sentosa hosted the Trump-Kim Summit. That’s one world event I’ll never forget. As a gesture of peace, our team decorated the guns at Fort Siloso with flowers…”

Weish: The Singaporean Musician, Composer and Writer on Finding Her Voice Amidst a Pandemic

In Part 1 of ‘People of the Arts: Stories from Singapore to Germany’, Weish talks about finding her voice through theatre in these dire times.

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