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.