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is determined to establish an original, compelling and energetic new theatrical voice in Berlin

is an actor’s company and a place
where actors can feel they create & possess the work

was founded with a commitment to gender parity and cultural diversity

is committed to offering audiences insightful, intelligent &

surprising theatre every time


Berlin Premiere of


By Mike Bartlett

26 - 29 September 2019

ACUD Theater 

Berlin Mitte

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When Emma begins an affair with her co-worker, Darren, she thinks she’s in love. Her manager thinks she’s in breach of contract. In a series of cordial but increasingly tense meetings, the two women try to resolve this situation. Times are tough and good jobs are scarce - how far will Emma go to keep hers? Hilarious and heart-wrenching, Bartlett's black-comedy invites you to a meeting at the dark heart of corporate life.


Als Emma eine Liaison mit ihrem Kollegen Darren beginnt, denkt sie, dass sie verliebt ist. Ihre Managerin denkt, dass sie gegen den Vertrag verstößt. In einer Serie von freundlichen, aber immer intensiveren  Gesprächen treffen sich die beiden Frauen, um diese Situation zu klären. Mal sind harte und gute Jobs knapp - wie weit wird Emma gehen, um ihre zu behalten? Die komische und herzzerreißend schwarze Komödie von Bartlett lädt Sie zu einem Treffen im dunklen Herzen der Konzernkulturen ein.


A theatrical production by special arrangement with Nick Hern Books 


Playwright Mike Bartlett

Director  Darren Smith

Lighting  Ralf Arndt

Percussion Stephen Jacob

Set Construction Billy Burns


Viviana Delgado - The Manager

Laura Wilkinson - Emma


September 2019

Thursday 26, Friday 27, Saturday 28, Sunday 29 @ 20:00

School Performances

Thursday 26, Friday 27 @ 11:00




14,00 / 9,00 (erm)

ACUD Theater

Veteranenstraße 21

10119 Mitte




Playwright Mike Bartlett

Mike is a multi-award winning playwright and screenwriter. His play KING CHARLES III won Critic’s Circle Award for Best New Play, Olivier Award for Best New Play and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best New Play. LOVE LOVE LOVE won Best New Play in the 2011 Theatre Awards UK, COCK won an Olivier Award in 2010 for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, he won the Writer’s Guild Tinniswood and Imison prizes for NOT TALKING, and the Old Vic New Voices Award for ARTEFACTS.

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Director Darren Smith

Darren trained at the Drama Centre London, under the patronage of Sir Anthony Hopkins. He made his acting debut in 1998 at Shakespeare’s Globe for Sir Mark Rylance. He has toured the UK and Europe in numerous classical productions including Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard for English Touring Theatre and Purcell’s King Arthur for the Lautten Compagney. He played the lead role in the Time Out Critic’s Choice Award-winning production of Gerhart Hauptmann’s Lonely Lives, directed by Eddie Marsan. He moved to Berlin in 2003 and founded the Theatre of Shadows. He trained at the Michael Chekhov International Academy in Berlin to further develop as an actor and as a director and acting teacher. In 2015, he had a travelling theatre wagon built in Munich, bought a horse for it and drove it to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he performed.

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Viviana Delgado 

Viviana is a classically trained actor currently based in Berlin. After graduating from Actors Centre Australia, she worked steadily in the Sydney theatre scene. Credits include; The Golden Age, A Month in the Country, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and the Australian premier of CONTRACTIONS (Producer, 2010) playing the role of Emma. She is excited to once again revisit CONTRACTIONS and re-stage it for Berlin audiences. 

Laura Wilkinson-Cameron  

Laura trained at LAMDA. Since graduating in 2003, she has performed in theatres across the UK and Europe, playing roles as diverse as Lady Macbeth, Emmeline in King Arthur and Mabel Bagnel in Brian Friel's Making History. Laura also regularly lends her voice to a wide range of documentaries, museum guides, cartoons and image films. When she's not standing before a mic or on a stage, she enjoys writing, hiking and making theatre for and with children, including her own two.


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