‘We are warriors. We are survivors. If you need our help, let us know.'
Four people come together to perform a ritual of community and catharsis.
Gathering up true stories of deaf women and non-binary people's experiences of surviving abuse, they form a witches’ coven like no other – with a cauldron of newt’s eyes and butterflies, deep scars and blazing signs.
A visually-rich, playful and pulsatingly urgent world premiere from multi-award-winners Deafinitely Theatre (4.48 Psychosis, Contractions), combining British Sign Language and English in the company’s unique bilingual style.
Drawing on interviews with women and non-binary people exploring domestic abuse in the deaf community, this is a defiant and empowering new work from nationally-acclaimed director Paula Garfield, marking the company’s 20th anniversary.
Commissioned by New Diorama Theatre.
Content: The play explores issues of domestic abuse and mental health, and contains strong language. Age guidance: 16+.
Quotes & Reviews
"Once again, Deafinitely have produced vital, necessary theatre, and may it continue for 20 years more."
★★★★ Liam O'Dell
"Extraordinary dynamism...Simple but powerful"
"Spellbinding, beautifully told and exquisitely acted"
"A poignant eye-opener."
About Deafinitely Theatre
Led by Artistic Director Paula Garfield, Deafinitely Theatre is the UK’s first deaf-launched and led theatre company, staging productions for deaf and hearing audiences that combine the visual storytelling of British Sign Language with the immediacy of spoken English.
Over the past 20 years, the company’s shows have been seen at theatres including the Gate Theatre, Soho Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe. Its most recent productions at New Diorama include a sold-out run of 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane and the award-winning Contractions by Mike Bartlett, winner of the 2018 Off West End Award for Best Production.
Writer & Director Paula Garfield
Set & Costume Designer Grace Venning
Lighting Designer Ali Hunter
Sound Designer XANA
Projection Designer Hayley Egan
Movement Director Angela Gasparetto
Dramaturg Lakesha Arie-Angelo
Production Manager Charlotte Ranson
LX Programmer Ben Glover
Stage Manager Rosie Giarratana
Assistant Stage Manager Francesca Osimani
Post-Shows + Pizza!
Tuesday 31 May: Cast and Creatives Q&A
Join Director Paula Garfield in conversation with the cast (Fifi Garfield, Cherie Gordon, Zoë McWhinney and Bea Webster) for insight into the creative and rehearsal process behind this bilingual devised show exploring true stories from domestic abuse survivors.
Tuesday 07 June: Panel Q&A
Hosted by Director Paula Garfield, an opportunity for audiences to ask questions, and explore what can be done to better support deaf domestic abuse survivors. Paula will be joined by academics, survivors and professionals in the field.
Free with your ticket, lasting around 40 minutes - grab some pizza and a drink post-show and head back into the auditorium.
Between January - June 2022, New Diorama are offering free slices of pizza to every audience member post-show - in partnership with Domino's Camden.
All pizzas will be veggie, with vegan and GF options available. Ask at box office if you have any special requirements or allergies.
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