Not In My Lifetime?

Not In My Lifetime? explores the special education system in Singapore and people in it. The play, based on the experiences of playwright Alvan Yap, is supported by multi-talented performers Inch Chua, Evelyn Chye, Myra Loke, Timothy Nga, Nix Sang and Nur Shafiza (Shai).

Two special education teachers navigate the ups and downs of school life and examine the challenges they face in their interactions with authorities, parents and the students themselves. This inclusive theatre performance shines a harsh but much-needed spotlight on the field of special education, one which is usually overlooked or obscured by platitudes. It also examines what makes special education teachers stay on… or move on.


Director: Tan Beng Tian
Playwright: Alvan Yap
Dramaturg: Faith Ng
Production Designer: Lim Chin Huat
Lighting Designer: Woo E-hui
Puppetry Designer & Maker: Ong Kian Sin
Sound Artist: Daniel Bawthan
Cast: Inch Chua, Evelyn Chye, Myra Loke, Timothy Nga, Nix Sang, Nur Shafiza (Shai)


“…it was really quite nice because for such a serious topic, sometimes you need just some relief, and puppetry elements provided that.
Claire Teo in Arts Equator Podcast

“To me it means a lot that The Finger Players is doing this play. It’s a small ripple but everything starts with a small ripple…”
Stephanie Esther Fam in Arts Equator Podcast

“shining a spotlight on a rarely discussed topic and group of people in an aesthetic and accessible way”

“Not In My Lifetime? makes viewers confront their assumptions about inclusion and diversity on multiple levels.”
The Straits Times

Not in My Lifetime? is a great step forward for the Singapore arts scene, and I hope to see more inclusive theatre and art performances like it in my lifetime.”
City Nomads

“this nuanced performance provides a space for Special Education teachers to embrace the entirety of their experiences – the good, the bad, and the unanswered questions.”
Centre 42