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Written by Mike Bartlett. Directed by Paula Garfield.

"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.

Download the Contractions Study Guide 

Cast and Creatives


Emma - Abigail Poulton

The Manager - Fifi Garfield


Director - Paula Garfield 

Designer - Paul Burgess
Sound Designer - Chris Bartholomew


Paula Garfield - Director PLAY VLOG

Abigail Poulton - Emma PLAY VLOG

Fifi Garfield - The Manager PLAY VLOG

Brian Duffy - Visual Consultant PLAY VLOG

Ticket Info

Wed 1 - Wed 29 Nov @ 20:00
Sat Matinees @ 16:00
(No performances Sun/Mon)

Free Post Show Talk

16th and 23rd November.

Available to ticket holders only

£14.50 / £12.50 (concessions)
£12.50 Previews (1 - 7 Nov)

An extra 40p booking fee applies for all online and phone bookings, no extra booking fee for tickets purchased in person from the New Diorama Theatre Box office. 

Please note this performance is taking place at ND2, 1 Triton Square, Regent's Place, NW1 3HG.

Tickets can be purchased and picked up at New Diorama Theatre which is situated next door to the Contractions performance space. 

New Diorama Theatre,
15 - 16 Triton Street, 
Regent's Place,
London, NW1 3BF

To book tickets over the telephone please call the New Diorama Theatre Box Office on 0207 383 9034.


Please note latecomers may not be admitted.