Deafinitely Theatre marks 15th Anniversary with new play ‘Contractions’

Fifi Garfield (The Manager), Paula Garfield - Director, Abigail Poulton (Emma) - [Photo credit: Natalie Yalden]

In last Wednesday 8th November, Artistic Director of Deafinitely Theatre, Paula Garfield, announces a new, site-specific production of Mike Bartlett’s play Contractions as the company marks its 15th anniversary. A co-production with New Diorama Theatre and staged on a disused trading floor at New Diorama’s ND2, it will be Deafinitely Theatre’s first site-specific show. Garfield directs Fifi Garfield and Abigail Poulton in the production which opens at New Diorama’s ND2 on 8 November, with previews from 1 November, and runs until 29 November.

Deafinitely Theatre is the UK’s only professional deaf-led theatre company, creating bilingual productions of classic and contemporary plays for deaf and hearing audiences that combine the visual storytelling of British Sign Language with the immediacy of spoken English.

‘It’s very important that you stay healthy.
That the environment you work in is safe.
That you feel comfortable, and secure.
That you feel balanced, safe, and in control.’

Are your employers concerned about your welfare? Do they have a duty of care? Emma thinks so, but when she begins a relationship with colleague Darren her Manager suggests she might be in breach of contract. A series of bizarre meetings follow, during which the consequences of Emma’s actions take on a disturbing quality… A dark comedy about faceless corporations, nameless management and the boundaries between work and play.

Deafinitely Theatre’s Contractions, is the first professional revival of the play in London since its debut at the Royal Court Theatre in 2008.

Paula Garfield
Designer: Paul Burgess
Sound Designer: Chris Bartholomew
Cast: Fifi Garfield (The Manager), Abigail Poulton (Emma)


VENUE: ND2 (New Diorama Theatre), 1 Triton Square, Regent’s Place, NW1 3HG
TICKETS: £14.50 (£12.50 conc) / All preview tickets: £12.50
0207 383 9034

DATE: 1-29 November 2017

PERFORMANCES: Tues – Sat 8pm / Saturday matinees 4pm

This production is made by possible by the generous support of:

Arts Council England, Autograph Sound Recording, Diorama Arts Centre, Edwardian Hotels London, Foyle Foundation, The London Community Foundation and Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, The Noël Coward Foundation, White Light Ltd, The Worshipful Company of Grocers.  Marketing supported by JHI Marketing.


For more information please contact:

Isabella  Wilson – 07375 660 957 /
Kate Morley – 07970 465 648 /