‘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, 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 the New Diorama Theatre.

New Diorama: 17th May – 11th June 2022
Birmingham Rep: 16th – 18th June 2022
York Theatre Royal: 21st – 22nd June 2022
Northern Stage: 24th – 25th June 2022

Recommended age: 16+
Everyday contains strong language and references to some distressing topics, including:
  • Different forms of domestic abuse: physical, sexual, verbal, controlling behaviour  
  • Descriptions of violence against adults and children
  • Descriptions of sexual abuse against adults and children
  • Discussions of negative mental health
If you would like any further clarification or to ask any questions about the content of the show, please email [email protected] and a member of the team will be in touch 

The production contains haze, vibrations and moments of high frequency sound. 

Artwork photocredit Guy J Sanders

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Reviews 

★★★★ "Deafinitely Theatre conjures a potent play. Powerful, unflinching theatre."

Limping Chicken 

★★★ "Deafinitely Theatre's evocative and tender show.... demonstrates the power of sign language to tell a story"

The Guardian 

★★★★ “The feeling is of power and joy... bewitching"

Reviews Hub

★★★ "Compelling bilingual storytelling"

The Stage


Tour

New Diorama Theatre

17th May - 11th June 2022

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Birmingham Repertory Theatre

16th - 18th June 2022

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York Theatre Royal

21st - 22nd June 2022

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Northern Stage

24th - 25th June 2022

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Post-Show Events

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 31st May 2022 @ New Diorama Theatre

Panel Q&A events 

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.
Tuesday 7th June 2022 @ New Diorama Theatre
Friday 24th June 2022 @ Northern Stage


Watch

Paula Garfield announces the show

Meet the Everyday cast!

Everyday Rehearsals

Audience reactions to Everyday

Everyday Production Trailer


Gallery

Rehearsal Gallery

Everyday in Rehearsal


Cast

Fifi Garfield’s credits for the company include Contractions, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, other theatre credits include Macbeth (RSC), and Emma (UK tour). For television, her credits include Deaf Funny, 5 Needles, Vanishing, Don’t Leave Me This Way and Switch.


Cherie Gordon’s credits as an actor include Echoes (Brighton Screen and Film School) Afterthought (Derby Theatre), A Night in Sign (Storyhouse Live), Summer’s Park Adventure (Music Box Theatre), Messy (Zoo Co Theatre), Listen (BFI Film Academy short film), Pretty Bop (R.A.E music video), And Others (Graeae play reading), FGM (Sign Health awareness video) and Reverberation (BSL Zone). Credits as a director include Getting There (Toucan, Oxford Playhouse and Deafinitely Theatre) and Untitled (short film). She also works with Handprint Theatre, Mousetrap Theatre Projects, Deafinitely Theatre and Graeae, leading and assisting workshops for children.


Zoë McWhinney’s recent theatre credits include Red (Polka Theatre), The Two Fridas (Chickenshed/Handprint Theatre, V&A), Donut Worry (Young Vic) and Jack O’Kent (Ovalhouse).


Bea Webster’s recent theatre credits include The Winter’s Tale (RSC), Holding/Holding On (National Theatre of Scotland), peeling (UK tour) and Mother Courage and her Children (Leeds Playhouse).

Creative Team

Writer & Director – Paula Garfield

Set & Costume Designer – Grace Venning

Lighting Designer – Ali Hunter

Video Designer – Hayley Egan

Sound Designer – XANA

Movement Director – Angela Gasparetto

Dramaturg – Lakesha Arie-Angelo

Production Manager – Charlotte Ranson


Support & Services

  • We are proud to be partnered with the Deaf Health charity SignHealth who are committed to improving deaf people’s wellbeing. Their full list of Domestic Abuse support resourses and services can be found on their website here.
  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline has a BSL Helpline (in partnership with SignVideo) so if any deaf people need advice/support, they can contact the Helpline directly. It is available from 10am – 6pm from Monday to Friday.

  • Galop is a mainstream LGBT+ Domestic Abuse and Hate Crime organisation.

  • Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. They're there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, wherever you live in the UK.  You can call Samaritans on Freephone: 116 123, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or visit the website for more ways to get in touch. Contact Samaritans Cymru for a Welsh language service. The BDA have a BSL video for the Samaritans ‘SHUSH’ tips to help you have difficult conversations.

  • Mind provides information and support for people with mental health problems in England. Mind Cymru is Mind in Wales providing information and support in English and Welsh.

  • Breathing Space is a free, confidential phoneline service for anyone in Scotland who is experiencing low mood and depression, or who is unusually worried and in need of someone to talk to. The BSL interpretation service is available during the Breathing Space phoneline opening hours of Monday to Friday (6pm to midnight) and Saturday and Sunday (8am to midnight). Language options are here.

  • SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity providing information resources whether you are living with a mental health problem or supporting someone who is. There have an online information library.

  • The Children’s Society’s website has details of organisations that can help with wellbeing and mental health. They have wellbeing drop in sessions available in various cities.
  • Young Minds offers information about looking after yourself, coping with mental health issues, feelings, symptoms and conditions, wherever you live in the UK. Services include a free 24-hour crisis messenger if you are experiencing a mental health crisis and a Parents Helpline for parents across the UK.  You can use Typetalk or Textdirect to contact them, or use their Parents Webchat. If English is not your first language, they can also arrange for an interpreter as a member of LanguageLine.
  • Kooth provides free and anonymous online support for young people. You can read articles written by young people, speak with a counsellor and access support from the Kooth community.

  • CEOP help children stay safe online. If anybody acts inappropriately towards you or another child or young person online (such as sexual chat, or being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable); you can report it here. Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors.

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