Sprint: Can I Start Again Please

Dates and Times

25 March 2015 to 25 March 2014 at 7.30pm

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Ticket information


Book Tickets

Part of Sprint 2015 

  • Spend the evening at CPT and take advantage of our double bill ticket offer – see two shows for just £18! Catch I Never Told a Joke in My Life at 9pm alongside Can I Start Again Please.


Presented by Sue MacLaine with Nadia Nadarajah
Outside eye: Jonathan Burrows

"What can be said at all can be said clearly; and whereof one cannot speak thereof one must be silent" – Wittgenstein

Two languages, one signed and one spoken, coincide and collide in a new work by Sue MacLaine.

Can I Start Again Please contemplates the capacity of language to represent traumatic experience, in particular childhood sexual violence. Made in response to the current landscape of revelation and disclosure, the work is both political and personal.

Bells ring, hands fly, mouths speak. Eloquent silence, articulacy, disruption, interpretation, the abyss of memory, gaps, breaches, chasms attempt to comprehend that which is never fully grasped: the incomprehensible moment.

The performance presents an equality of experience for those whose first or preferred language is British Sign Language, without the mediation of an interpreter.

About the artist

Sue MacLaine is a UK theatre-maker. She is interested in making work that is bleakly funny and challenging,  but that still allows for a compassionate and warm engagement with the audience.  In creating a new work, she follows the teachings of Tibetan yogini Machig Labdron who says;"Approach what you find repulsive…..and go to the places that scare you". Sue's show with Emma Kilbey, Sid and Valerie, was part of Sprint 2014. Her work Still Life:An Audience with Henrietta Moraes was nominated for a Total Theatre Award in 2012 and continues to tour galleries and artspaces.

Can I Start Again Please is a Sick Festival 2015 commission. It is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and a bursary from Unity Theatre Trust.

@suemaclaine | www.suemaclaine.com



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