CANCELLED: after birth at VAULT Festival

after birth production logo with fragmented glitterball

Unfortunately this year's VAULT festival has been cancelled. We will share news of future performances of after birth when available. Please contact VAULT festival for any questions about the cancellation.

Betrayed by family, sectioned and lactating, Ann and her new-born have been detained without trial on a medieval plague island. We are inside the world of Ann’s head – when she’s scared, we’re scared, when she sees the funny side we’re laughing. Winner of the North Wall Oxford’s Propeller Award, this dark new comedy is rooted in the recovery stories of the many resilient, funny women who experienced psychosis after the birth of their babies and fearlessly shared their stories with the production. Imaginatively staged, with elements of stand-up comedy, a dynamic sound design and original music, ‘after birth’ is a story of recovery and hope.


after birth was developed with support from the TORCH Theatres Seed Fund, now the TORCH Knowledge Exchange Innovation Fund. Find out more about the project here.

VAULT Festival is the UK’s leading independent showcase of live performance and artistic talent; featuring thousands of sensational performances across Theatre, Comedy, & Live Entertainment, made by the most exciting and boldest artists of our time. Set in bespokely created venues across the heart of Waterloo, the festival bursts to life for eight glorious weeks of joyous creativity; adding vibrance and colour to the otherwise dreary deep winter months. We’re the most accessible, sustainable, affordable, and welcoming performance festival in the UK.

We value art and entertainment equally, creating a safe-space environment where artists and audiences feel welcome, surrounded by culture created by, and for, them.