A new play on Motherhood comes to Oxford

Published on: 07/05/2024

Three M’others–a new play exploring motherhood during a global pandemic–is coming to the North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford soon!

“It’s all so… pixelated. Me, the baby, my family, the doctors… my ‘motherhood’”


Thursday 30th of May – 7pm

Friday 31st of May – 2pm and 7pm*

Three M’others is a play about the Covid-19 pandemic, first-time motherhood, and what happened when we took all the people away.

Written by academic Antonia Mackay, as part of her research into the effects of the digitisation of maternal healthcare during the lockdowns, the play portrays real lived experiences of women who became mothers for the first time between 2020 and 2021. Created in collaboration with the Human Story Theatre, funded by the Sheila Kitzinger Programme at Green Templeton College, Oxford University, Three M’others is a compassionate, sometimes funny and moving view of motherhood. It will be performed by Oxford Brookes University Drama students and directed by Laura Higgins.

Based on interviews conducted with healthcare professionals and first-time mothers, as well as data collected anonymously from surveys, this production aims to raise public awareness of these complex and previously unheard issues within maternal healthcare, and shed light on the way lockdown affected maternity services in the UK.

*Following the show’s final performance, between 9-9:30pm, there will be a panel Q&A with healthcare experts, including Professor Tina Miller, Oxford Brookes Babylab and the play’s writer Antonia Mackay.*

On Friday 31st during the performance at 2pm there will be a matinee where babes-in-arms will be welcome to attend.

Tickets– starting from just £6 –are now available for purchase on The North Wall Art Centre’s website.