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Reassembled, Slightly Askew

Shannon Yee (Northern Ireland) | Presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Jan 17 – Feb 4, 2018 | Vancity Culture Lab [map link]

Culture Lab

Due to the unique and intimate nature of the performance:
The company requires that you arrive 15 minutes before your allotted showtime.
Latecomers will not be admitted.

An audacious melding of art and science, this multidisciplinary adventure is a head-trip in the literal sense. The survivor of a medically induced coma and acquired brain injury, creator Shannon Yee presents a chance for us to live through her medical journey. In this radically immersive production, audience members lie on hospital beds, put on headphones and enter her mind. It’s an audio experience like no other: re-enactment, internal monologue, evocative aural textures and more.

What does it mean for a mind to be injured? The answer lurks beyond the objective world, behind a wall of privacy and selfhood. Here is your chance to jump over that wall, and feel a kind of empathy you may have thought impossible. Along with its psychedelic frenzy and rushes of emotion, this work is perhaps most valuable for its tender intimacy.

Fearlessly personal and forthrightly political, Northern Irish playwright Shannon Yee uses her perspective as a queer, female, ethnic minority artist to create works that excite and subvert. She is a proud member of Agent 160, a female playwright-led company dedicated to fighting gender imbalance in the theatre.

Reassembled, Slightly Askew takes a radically immersive approach to extending compassion” — Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight

[A] quietly devastating example of uncategorisable art at its best… what comes across loudest of all is a call for compassion for people who seem unreachable.” —Time Out London

A real-life ordeal, captured by a daring, disorientating artistic collaboration, which works brilliantly on so many levels…It should be available on prescription.” —The Stage

Beautifully put together.” —The Guardian


Jan 17­, 18, 23–25, 30–Feb 1,   2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8pm
Jan 19, 20, 26, 27, Feb 2, 3,   12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm, 9pm
Jan 21, 28, Feb 4,   1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7pm

Running time:

90 mins, no intermission


Writer, producer: Shannon Yee
Director: Anna Newell
Composer: Paul Stapleton
Dramaturg: Hanna Slattne
Choreographer: Stevie Prickett

Production sponsor:



Supported by:

Wellcome Trust
Arts Council Northern Ireland
Arts & Disability Forum, Northern Ireland
The MAC, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast
The Arts Council of Ireland


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