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'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.

Stream the full production below.

Quotes & Reviews


★★★★ "The play’s exploration of the abuse of power in the workplace and beyond feels more relevant than ever. Nastily compelling and — for all its queasy absurdity — horribly convincing. A fascinating site-specific reinterpretation" 
The Times

★★★★ “A deeply affecting psychological thriller... a short, slick, Orwellian nightmare” 
The Stage

★★★★ "A powerful, chilling and heartbreaking piece of theatre” 
London Theatre 1

Winner of Best Production at the Off West-End Awards

The Company


Deafinitely Theatre is the UK’s first deaf-launched and led theatre company, staging 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. 

The company’s previous shows have been seen at the Gate, Soho and Globe theatres. Its most recent productions include 2018’s sold-out run of 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane at New Diorama Theatre and Derby Theatre and 2017’s award-winning production of Contractions by Mike Bartlett, staged in collaboration with New Diorama Theatre at ND2, winner of the 2018 Off West End Award for Best Production. / @DeafinitelyT

Cast & Creatives



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