Can I start again please tells parallel narratives in parallel languages (English & British Sign Language) which intersect, diverge and build to create a mesmerising mix of verbal and visual theatre.
The piece desiccates and dissects childhood trauma via an exploration of Wittgenstein and semantics. Can I start again please investigates the power and failings of language – language that tells and hide truths – sparring across the heard and the unheard, the spoken and the unspoken.
The script is poetic and full of humour and is performed by Sue MacLaine and Nadia Nadarajah with a bright, coursing and relaxed reciprocity.
The piece is fully accessible to British Sign Language users.
Post-show discussion with Sue Maclaine and Nadja Nadarajah following performance on Friday 20th.
Winner: Total Theatre Award for ‘Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form’ Edinburgh Fringe 2015
This gracefully intelligent production faces up to so much: trauma, barely articulable feelings, the limits of language. You emerge wondering how a staging so kind can be so devastating.
Maxie Szalwinska, The Sunday Times
MacLaine’s challenging, devastating and devastatingly good piece…raises pertinent questions.
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
How do you make sense of abuse? How do you take it apart to process it? This profound and poetic piece—almost a performance sculpture—makes a start.
Matt Trueman, Fest Magazine