Award winning show ‘Can I start Again’ comes to Unity Theatre

Posted on 1 November 2016
By Kenny Baker
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As part of this year’s DaDaFest, the winner of the Total Theatre award for ‘Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form’ at Edinburgh Fringe 2015, Can I Start Again Please takes place at Unity Theatre on Thursday 24 November.

Can I Start Again Please tells parallel narratives in parallel languages (English & British Sign Language) which intersect, diverge & 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. What is being investigated is the power and failings of language – language that tells and hides truths – sparring across the heard and the unheard, the spoken and the unspoken.

This show carefully unpicks the language around abuse and everything that is left unsaid. Its form is in both sign language and spoken language.

The script is poetic and full of humour and is performed by Sue MacLaine and Nadia Nadarajah with a bright, coursing and relaxed reciprocity.

Sue MacLaine a UK theatre-maker, writer and performer. She is interested in creating performance that is challenging and compassionate in equal measure.

Nadia Nadarajah is an actress who uses British Sign Language. She has performed at Shakespeare’s Globe, Stratford Circus and Southwark Playhouse.

Tickets for Can I Start Again Please can be booked via Unity Theatre’s Box Office, by calling 0151 709 4988 or via

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