‘fresh, different and provocative’

NARC Magazine on The Department of Distractions

The Department of Distractions: you see their work - but you never see them. They say their job is to plant stories in the world ‘to make life more interesting’: a single glove in the street; a torn up love letter in a Metro carriage; a phone box that rings as you walk past. Snags in the fabric of everyday life that make you think, what’s going on there…?

But things are starting to unravel. A story they started has got out of hand. How far will they go to maintain their anonymity? Third Angel brings you a conspiracy-theory documentary-exposé detective story for the 21st century that asks: what aren’t you looking at?

Suitable for ages 12+

Running time: About 1 hour and 20 minutes (no interval)

Co-Production with Northern Stage in association with Sheffield Theatres

Access performances

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Audio Described by Jane Ensell

  • Wed 30 Jan 7:45pm Book
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Captioned by Cara Lawless

  • Fri 1 Feb 7:45pm Book
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Signed by Steven Conlon

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Performances with Extras

Live for 5

  • On sale 7 December at 5.00pm. Available on all performances.


  • Wed 30 Jan 7:45pm Book
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