Can I Start Again Please is a plea for articulacy and a quest for comprehension. A new performance work by Sue MacLaine that is both duet and duel. Two performers, two languages, one signed and one spoken, enter a linguistic challenge to represent traumatic experience, in particular that of childhood sexual violence. Can I Start Again Please was made in response to the current landscape of revelation and disclosure. It is both personal and political.
Sue MacLaine is a theatre maker, performer, writer and director. Sue is also a qualified British Sign Language/English interpreter specialising in performance interpreting. Can I Start Again Please is designed to be experienced equally by hearing audiences and those whose first or preferred language is British Sign Language, without the mediation of an interpreter.
Previous works by Sue Maclaine include Still Life: An Audience with Henrietta Moraes and The Sid Lester Village Hall/Christmas Special with Emma Kilbey. She has collaborated with Tim Crouch and Andy Smith performing in 'what happens to hope at the end of the evening'. In 2013 she won the Wooda Arts Award enabling the research and development of themes contained within Can I Start Again Please.
Nadia Nadarajah is an actor performing regularly with Deafinitely Theatre Company, most recently as Hippolyta/Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe Theatre. Nadia is fluent in five sign languages and three written.
Written by Sue MacLaine
Performers: Nadia Nadarajah and Sue MacLaine
Outside eye: Jonathan Burrows
Script advice: Andy Smith
Project management: Zoe Manders
Rehearsal interpretation: Caroline Adams
The research, development and making of this work was Commissioned by SICK! Festival and funded by Arts Council England through their Grants for the Arts programme, the Wooda Arts award and a Unity Theatre Trust bursary.