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The Promise artwork. The profile of an old white woman looking away into the distance. She is wearing a denim jacket and a beige scarf. She is in front of a burgundy background. From her hair emerge flowers and birds.

The Promise

Rita is really confused.

She can’t understand why the deaf education system she’s tirelessly championed throughout her teaching career is getting worse and worse, or why there is only one care home in the whole of England that looks after people in her language. On the Isle of Wight.

She’s also confused about where her family is, and why she can’t remember where the milk goes…

This striking world premiere, made in association with acclaimed British theatre company Deafinitely Theatre (The Vagina Monologues, Everyday and 4.48 Psychosis), is inspired by the extraordinary experiences of deaf people living with dementia, and is directed in the company’s renowned highly visual style combining British Sign Language and English.


From £10

Presented by

Deafinitely Theatre, Birmingham Rep and Lyric Hammersmith

Written by

Paula Garfield & Melissa Mostyn

Directed by

Paula Garfield

Age guideline


Access performances

All performances include integrated BSL.

Captioned: Wed 10 Apr 7pm (captioned by TBC)

Relaxed: Thu 11 Apr 2pm


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