Created with Sketch.Created with Sketch.Created with Sketch.

Third Angel &
Sheffield Theatres present


Absolutely stunning • fantastically well written/improvised, acted and put together • incredibly touching • an important production • essential viewing for midwives, birth professionals & parents • positive, interesting, amazing show • refreshing, funny and emotional.

Audience Responses, February 2017

Lisa had been for a walk in the park
Stacey had borrowed her best friend’s dress
Faye had collected her daughter from nursery
Hannah was in the twelfth hour of a shift with no sign of a break
Kirsty knew no-one would believe who she really was
Rachael was ready for a fight
Linda was on call
And Lucy only just made it

Different women from different backgrounds all brought together on one night that would turn out to be a birthday they’d never forget.

The expectations, the exhaustion, the euphoria. The shock, the sadness, the stupidly long shifts. 

The joy. The pain. The mess. 

Oh, and that first cup of tea that tasted better than anything, ever.

Our new show Partus takes the form of a community centre meeting to talk about birth experiences. It is warm, welcoming, supportive, funny, sometimes harrowing but ultimately uplifting. It is educational, illuminating, depressing and a call to arms. 

Partus is a story of love, fear, joy, resilience and bravery. If you’ve had a baby, thought about it, are planning to or know anyone who has, this is the show for you. This is the sex education they never mentioned at school.

Out of the meeting, made up of verbatim stories from mothers, fathers, midwives and obstetricians, emerges a more theatrical world, a political Birth Cabaret of songs and demonstrations.

There’s tea and biscuits, plus time to sit, and think and chat.

Brilliant – best theatre I’ve been to. •  I chose to come to the baby-friendly performance which added an amazing atmosphere •  Wonderful. A must see. • Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!  I love that you talk about women’s stories, that they matter.

Audience Responses, Sheffield 2016


  • Partus is a co-production between Third Angel and Sheffield Theatres.
  • Partus began life as the show Labour Intensive which was commissioned by the University of Derby as part of The Birth Project, a two year research project looking at how various art forms can explore the experiences of birth and mutual recovery. 
  • Research project, Cause & Effect, was commissioned by Leeds Library as part of the WordPlay Project, part-curated by Dep Arts.
  • Whilst making Partus, we ran ‘The Young Mums Project‘ in collaboration with the Young Women’s Housing Project and supported by Lloyds Bank Community Fund.

Partus 2017 image by Joseph Priestly.

Further Information and Support

The Association for Post Natal Illness
020 7386 0868
Provides support to mothers with postnatal depression.

Birth Trauma Association
Support for women who have experienced traumatic childbirth, and their partners.

The Breastfeeding Network
helpline: 0300 100 0212
Support and information, including information on drugs and breastfeeding.

0300 330 0700
The National Childbirth Trust is the UK’s largest charity for parents. Its website and helpline offer practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

Information and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem during or after pregnancy.

PND & Me
Online network connecting people with experience of perinatal mental health problems through twitter.

Stillbirth and neonatal death charity, providing information and support for anyone affected by these issues.

Information on pregnancy, breastfeeding and parenthood from the NHS.

Support and information on pregnancy, including mental health problems.

For better mental health.

Touring Archive

13 Apr 2017, 19:30
The CIVIC, Barnsley
13 Apr 2017, 10:30
The CIVIC, Barnsley
23 Mar 2017, 10:30
Colchester Arts Centre
22 Mar 2017, 20:00
Colchester Arts Centre
17 Mar 2017, 10:30
South Street, Reading
16 Mar 2017, 20:00
South Street, Reading
03 Mar 2017, 19:30
PREMA Arts Centre, Uley
01 Mar 2017, 10:30
ARC Stockton
28 Feb 2017, 19:00
ARC Stockton

Sign up

To get regular updates about our work, please sign up here to get our newsletter emailed direct to you.

If you cannot find the content you are looking for please visit our archived website or blog.