Written by Mike Bartlett. Directed by Paula Garfield.

"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.

Staged in co-production with New Diorama on a disused trading floor, Contractions is Deafinitely Theatre's first site specific show. Click below to see director Paula Garfield introduce Contractions in BSL:


Click below to watch the trailer of Contractions:

Deafinitely Theatre are supported by Arts Council England, JHI Marketing and Kate Morley PR. This production is a co-production with New Diorama Theatre, supported by the New Diorama Emerging Companies Fund.


Deafinitely Theatre creates 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.

Deafinitely Theatre’s CONTRACTIONS, the first professional revival of the play in London since its debut at the Royal Court Theatre, marks the company’s 15th anniversary, following productions at the Gate, Soho and Globe theatres.

Photography: Darren Bell
Design: Rebecca Pitt Creative / @DeafinitelyT


★★★★ “ A fascinating site-specific reinterpretation” The Times

★★★★ “a powerful, chilling and heartbreaking piece of theatre” LondonTheatre1


★★★★ “a deeply affecting psychological thriller” The Stage


★★★★ “a gripping, black comedy with a talented cast” The Spy In The Stalls


“an intense atmospheric production” British Theatre Guide