Deafinitely Theatre and New Diorama Theatre present 

4.48 Psychosis

By Sarah Kane

Director: Paula Garfield; Designer: Paul Burgess; Lighting Designer: Joe Hornsby

Composer & Sound Designer: Chris Bartholomew; Visual Consultant: Alim Jayda

Voice Coach: Elspeth Morrison

New Diorama Theatre

18 September – 13 October 2018

Press night: 21 September, 7.30pm

Deafinitely Theatre and New Diorama Theatre today announce a new production of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis. Artistic Director of Deafinitely Theatre, Paula Garfield, directs Adam Bassett, Brian Duffy, Jim Fish and Matt Kyle. Opening at New Diorama Theatre on 21 September, with previews from 18 September and running until 13 October. The production then tours to Derby Theatre from 19 – 20 October.

“I had a night in which everything was revealed to me.

How can I speak again?” 

The early hours of the morning. You’re alone, with only your thoughts. How did you get here? And how do you get out? Sarah Kane’s searing, final play in a ground-breaking new production from Deafinitely Theatre.

Award-winning Deafinitely Theatre bring its celebrated bilingual approach to Sarah Kane’s lyrical and haunting final play about mental health.

Directed by Paula Garfield, 4.48 Psychosis is performed in British Sign Language and spoken English for the very first time.

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

4.48 Psychosis contains strong language and explores issues of mental health, depression and suicide. Recommended age: 16+

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.

The Cast

Adam Bassett’s credits for Deafinitely Theatre include Love’s Labour’s Lost and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe). Other theatre credits include Up 'n' Under (UK tour); and for television, Small World

Brian Duffy’s credits for Deafinitely Theatre as an actor include Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Boy and The Statue (Tricycle Theatre); and as a Visual Consultant on Contractions (New Diorama Theatre).

Jim Fish’s credits for Deafinitely Theatre include Two (Southwark Playhouse) and Gold Dust (Soho Theatre). His other theatre credits include The Winter’s Tale, King Lear and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (RSC), Day By Night (The Albany), Seven Jewish Children (Hackney Empire), The Tempest (Nottingham Playhouse), Body Checks (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), Transmissions (Birmingham Rep) and La Cage Aux Folles (UK tour). For film his credits include The Con is On.

Matt Kyle’s credits for Deafinitely Theatre include En-Route (Park Theatre). His other theatre credits include Fatherland (Lyric Hammersmith), Voices from Home (The Old Red Lion) and The Secret Life of Sally (Southwark Playhouse).

Paula Garfield directs. For Deafinitely Theatre she has directed 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).

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, New Diorama Theatre, Old Diorama Arts Centre, Wellcome, The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust and Whitelight Ltd.

New Diorama Theatre

18 September – 13 October 2018

Press night: 21 September, 7.30pm at New Diorama TheatreBox Office: 0207 383 9034

Derby Theatre

19 - 20 October 2018

Box Office: 01332 59 39 39