Written by Mike Bartlett

"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.

"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 [ Full Review]

“a deeply affecting psychological thriller” “a short, slick, Orwellian nightmare”
★ ★ ★ ★ The Stage [ Full Review ]

'A powerful, chilling and heartbreaking piece of theatre”
★ ★ ★ ★  London Theatre 1 [ Full Review ]

★ ★ ★ ★  Spy in the stalls [ Full Review ]

WINNER - Off West End Award - Best Production 

Download the free Contractions Study Guide. 


Emma - Abigail Poulton

The Manager - Fifi Garfield


Director - Paula Garfield

Designer - Paul Burgess

Sound Designer - Chris Bartholomew

Contractions Trailer 

What Audiences Think 
Show Information in BSL


Paula Garfield - Director   PLAY VLOG

Abigail Poulton - Emma   PLAY VLOG

Fifi Garfield - The Manager   PLAY VLOG

Brian Duffy - Visual Consultant   PLAY VLOG

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