by Mike Bartlett

What would you do to keep your job? Are we part of a system, or do we just feed it?

09 to 11 february 2024

What would you do to keep your job? We never stop hearing that we should be grateful just to have a job, that the worst job in the world is better than no job at all and considering how things are, it’s best not to complain. In a world where we’re told that everything is about to crumble – climate crisis, economic crisis, energy crisis, nuclear war, future pandemics – Who really feels they can dream of a better future and fight to achieve it? We can barely look after what we’ve got and what we do have has become a gilded cage.

Are we part of a system, or do we just feed it? Does work really dignify us? Like all Mike Bartlett’s writing, this play boasts very precise dialogue. He selects each word meticulously, choosing punctuation or silence, always hiding a double meaning behind each dialogue, a Pandora’s box about to be opened to let out all his characters’ rage, anguish, pain, blood or vomit.

Contracciones is a fun yet cruel play, an Orwellian workplace dystopia with a touch of black humour, the perfect mixture between Black Mirror and The Office. Contracciones is a fencing match between two great actresses.

The team

Dramatist: Mike Bartlett.
Version: Jorge Kent.
Director: Israel Solà.
Cast: Candela Peña, Pilar Castro.
Costume Design and Production: Carmen17.
Stage Design: Bibiana Puigdefàbregas.
Lighting design: Rodrigo Ortega.
Musical Creation: Guillem Rodríguez.
Video: David González.
Saxophone: Lucia Ramella.
Production: Producciones Come y Calla.


Day 9 – 19:30 h.
Day 10 – 19:00 h.
Day 11 – 19:00 h.


13 - 25€ /discounts

Friends of Arriaga:
ftom 25% to 35% DISCOUNT.

Groups, young people, over-65s, unemployed, large families and people with 33%+ disability:

Theatre professionals:

Last minute discount (for above-mentioned groups, except Friends of Arriaga and groups):

Last minute discount for Young Friends of Arriaga:

People with disabilities who use wheelchairs:
50% DISCOUNT (in proscenium balcony and one accompanying person)


70 min.