★★★★ "The sheer courage and passion that has been thrown behind this intelligent production of a daringly experimental play wins out, and what lingers is its cry for love." Time Out

Deafinitely Theatre today announce tour dates for their critically acclaimed production of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis­, a co-production with New Diorama Theatre, which enjoyed a sell-out London run last year. Artistic Director of Deafinitely Theatre, Paula Garfield’s production tours to Derby Theatre from 8 – 10 November, ahead of performances at Wales Millennium Centre from 20 – 23 November. Full cast to be announced shortly.

In addition, Deafinitely Theatre will run a training and education programme to accompany the production, including post show talks, events and access to additional resources. Further details to be announced.

★★★★ "A heartfelt look at what it feels like to live with a profound disability, and just how isolating that can be." Guardian

About Sarah Kane

Sarah Kane was born in 1971. Her first play, Blasted, was produced at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in 1995. Her second play, Phaedra’s Love, was produced at the Gate Theatre in 1996. In April 1998, Cleansed was produced at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, and in September 1998, Crave was produced by Paines Plough and Bright Ltd at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. Her last play, 4.48 Psychosis, premièred at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in June 2000. Her short film, Skin, produced by British Screen/Channel Four, premièred in June 1997. Sarah Kane died in 1999.

About Paula Garfield 

Paula Garfield directs. She previously directed 4.48 Psychosis at New Diorama Theatre and Derby Theatre, for which she was shortlisted for Best Director by Broadway World UK 2018. Her other credits for Deafinitely Theatre include Horrible Histories – Dreadful Deaf, Contractions – which won the Off West End Award for Best Production, Two Chairs, Motherland, Children of a Greater God, Playing God, Double Sentence and Gold Dust. She also devised and directed The Boy and the Statue for Deafinitely at the Tricycle Theatre and on a London schools’ tour.  Garfield has directed two productions at Shakespeare’s Globe – Love Labour’s Lost, for the Globe to Globe Festival as part of Deafinitely’s 10th anniversary, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Her other directing work includes Tanika’s Journey (Southwark Playhouse) Grounded (Park Theatre). This year Garfield was the recipient of a Tonic Award for her work with Deafinitely Theatre.

An actor, director, workshop leader and organiser, Garfield has worked on a variety of television, film and theatre projects over the past fifteen years. In 2002 she established Deafinitely Theatre with Steven Webb and Kate Furby after becoming frustrated at the barriers that deaf actors and directors face across the arts and media. She has produced and directed many plays and worked extensively in TV, including Channel Four’s Learn Sign Language, Four Fingers and a Thumb, BBC’s Hands Up and Casualty, plus appearances in every series of the BBC's deaf drama, Switch.


This production is made by possible by the generous support of:

Arts Council England, Autograph Sound Recording, Edwardian Hotels London and Wellcome.


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