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Can I Start Again Please

Can I Start Again Please

Sue MacLaine

Oberon Books

"Devastatingly good" –Lyn Gardner, The Guardian


"Gracefully intelligent" "You emerge wondering how a staging so kind can be so devastating"The Sunday Times


"This is a clever, and cleverly constructed, show. Go with brain engaged, ready to make meaning."The Independent


"The show is marked by a formal beauty but with something much deeper, fiercer and ultimately poignant lodged at the core" "Delicate, perhaps, but devastating"The Times


A bold new work by Sue MacLaine about our cognitive capacity to process traumatic experience and the ability of language to represent it. Winner of a Total Theatre award for 'Innovation & Playing with Form' and recommended for the British Council showcase at the Edinburgh Festival 2015.

The play explores how possible the cognition and articulation of traumatic and private experience is. A hymn to resilience, this personal and political piece spars across the heard and the unheard, the spoken and the unspoken, and contemplates what the act of trying to tell really entails.

Written in English and in British Sign Language, the two languages and two scripts work both in opposition and in harmony to test and stretch the capacities of language.

Edition includes English as well as British Sign Language script.


Sue MacLaine is a UK theatre-maker, writer and performer with a singularly driven voice. She writes scripts that are intensively researched and constructed. Her work is inventive in form, poetic in language, full of wit and dead-pan humor. She deliberately strains against the traditional relationships between performer and audience. Each of her works is different in form and setting; taking place in traditional theatre spaces and site-specifically, the creative inquiry allowing a marrying of form and subject. Sue was short-listed in 2012 for a Total Theatre Award in the category of 'Innovation, experimentation, and playing with form' for Still Life: An Audience with Henrietta Moraes, which continues to tour art spaces and galleries. Can I Start Again Please won the Total Theatre Award at Edinburgh Festival 2015.

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