Deafinitely Theatre presents
by Jim Cartwright
In the eyes of their adoring public, the Landlord and Landlady are perfect. They laugh, they joke, they listen and they drink. But when the bell rings for time and the public have gone home, we see that perfection doesn’t exist. A past event that appears at the bottom of every glass needs confronting. Will tonight be that night?
Recently heralded as “theatre for everyone” by The Guardian, Deafinitely Theatre specializes in stories brought to life through the eloquence of sign and sound.
STAGETEXT Captioned Performances – Saturday 9th November at 3pm and 7.30pm.
Simon Daw & Paul Burgess
“Sophie Stone is heartbreaking as the wife and carer who falls asleep over her pint of Guinness. Stone plays all her broken characters with a glimmer of strength, allowing us to sense what has been lost over the years. Jim Fish impresses as a lonely but content old man who is happily haunted by his dead wife.” – Time Out
“Deafinitely Theatre reinvent Jim Cartwright’s Two into a dynamic four-hander that cleverly entwines sign language and spoken text… Andrew Muir’s empathic production may not have same rhythm as Cartwright’s tight two hander but it still packs a hefty emotional punch. The cast work intuitively together keeping time with Cartwright’s play, which at some points warms the heart and at others threatens to break it. Stone gives a particularly moving performance shifting from role to role with grace and wit.” – The Stage
“Using a combination of BSL (British Sign Language) and English, the cast pour in and out of the lives that have graced the comforting hearth of the pub. Director Andrew Muir keeps the play multi-dimensional by ensuring the switch between BSL and English is far from formulaic or static and I often found myself watching the sign language over the actor who was speaking, searching for the earliest expression of the words being dropped into the space.” – WhatsOnStage
“The interplay between the signing and the speaking parts is tremendous. It’s a gracefully choreographed piece of movement with characters either gaining a visible mirror to their own physical selves or a solid embodiment of internal thoughts and emotions.” – Bargaintheatreland.com
“…the direction by Andrew Muir is exemplary and Simon Daw and Paul Burgess provide a forensically research pub setting. In the second decade of their existence Deafinitely Theatre are working to a vision of a world where deaf people are a valued part of the national theatre landscape, recognized for the excellence of their work.” – Harry Stern for the Public Reviews
“…the most successful of the three Deafinitely shows I’ve seen so far… as for the company’s aim to help integrate deaf creatives into mainstream theatre, Two makes a much stronger argument than the earlier productions… giving equal weighting to the languages makes everyone feel included, and the staging allows us to take in and enjoy something of everyone’s performance.” – Partially Obstructed View
Celebrate Deafinitely Theatre’s production of Two with a special Gala performance on Friday 15th November.
Tickets are £30 and include the performance at 7.30pm, an exclusive Q&A with the actors and director, one free drink (choice of wine, bottled beer or soft drink) and an after-show party in the bar!