By Mike Bartlett | Directed by Andy Margerison
“In using the term “romantic” the company defines “romantic” as the following. Any gesture, indication, communication (verbal or otherwise), appearance, message, understanding or organised meeting or event which is perpetrated with a view to advancing the relationship toward love.
Is that all clear to you?
Emma is brought in to discuss her recent interactions with another co-worker by the HR Manager. Is she in breach of contract? Is she being persecuted? What sacrifices will she make to keep her position, and should she?
In Contractions, Mike Bartlett (Bull, King Charles III, Doctor Foster) explores a nominally perfunctory situation so often ignored by us all. Exactly what are those terms and conditions? In his inimitable, excoriating and blackly comic style, we follow the horrifyingly logical progression of behavioural expectation enforced by section, sub-section and paragraph.