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.

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 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.

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


"Deafinitely, I’d say, theatre for everyone" The Guardian

★★★★ "A smart, inventive revival… This bilingual staging, so fluidly handled, makes you appreciate the richness of the text anew" The Stage on Grounded

★★★★ "Director Paula Garfield has given a vital new life to George Brant's terse, fascinating piece… Grounded sees Deafinitely once again spread their wings." Whats On Stage on Grounded