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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
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 for a birth-day they’ll never forget.

We call it a miracle and we go weak at the knees at the sight of a new baby. But we don’t really talk about the birth. Partus celebrates the amazing women who go through this life changing experience and come out the other side a mother. Using real birth stories collected over 2 years of research we talk about the dads and the doulas, and the small army of midwives and obstetricians working impossible hours in difficult situations.

If you’ve had sex, or a baby, or if you are even remotely considering having either, this is a show you ought to see. Join Third Angel on a rollercoaster ride through joy, hilarity, fear and sheer bloody mindedness with songs, dance, stories and cups of tea.

“Fabulous, vital - everything birth is”
“Covered the joy, sadness and the madness of birth.  Absolutely brilliant!”
“Ground-breaking and done with sympathy, humour and charm.”
Audience reactions

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 Companion
Breastfeeding tips & advice for struggling mothers.

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

25 Oct 2017, 11:00
Theatre Delicatessen Sheffield
24 Oct 2017, 19:30
Theatre Delicatessen Sheffield
21 Oct 2017, 10:30
Warwick Arts Centre
20 Oct 2017, 20:00
Warwick Arts Centre
19 Oct 2017, 10:30
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
18 Oct 2017, 19:30
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
07 Oct 2017, 10:00
Square Chapel Halifax
06 Oct 2017, 20:00
Square Chapel Halifax
28 Sep 2017, 19:30
Cornerstone Didcot
26 Sep 2017, 19:30
Gloucester Guildhall
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


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