The Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016 programme features a cutting edge performance piece about acquired brain injury. ‘Reassembled, Slightly Askew’ is an autobiographical live art piece by Shannon Yee, and is a co-production with The Complex which opened on Tuesday 13th and runs until Saturday 24th September.
In 2008, Yee became critically ill with a rare brain infection which led to several life-changing surgeries, followed by years of recovery and finally reintegration back into society with a hidden disability. As part of her recovery Shannon decided to share her story with audiences. She is doing so in a pioneering way with her neurosurgeon, head injury nurse, and local artists in sound, drama, and choreography.
The show takes audience members on a unique and immersive theatrical experience. They lie in a hospital bed, wearing an eye mask and headphones, under supervision by a nurse – as if with Yee on her journey toward reassembling her life.
Our Account Director, Sarah Harte, went to see the performance on the opening night and she thoroughly enjoyed the experience: ‘‘Although I went along knowing what to expect in a way, nothing could have prepared me for the experience itself. Lying in a hospital bed, shoes off with a hospital bracelet on, the incredible binaural technology really gives you the sensation that there are people talking around you and beside you, with the first-person narrative of Shannon inside your head. It was at once uncomfortable, eye-opening (or mind-opening?) and felt like a very important insight into the lived experience of someone with an acquired brain injury.”
A free talk with the artist and a representative of brain injury charity, Headway Ireland also features in this year’s Fringe Festival line-up at The Complex. The talk will take place on Monday, 19th September at 12.30pm.
The Complex is the northwest inner city’s new live arts centre, based on Little Green Street, Dublin 7. It has been producing new and innovative work in alternative stagings in the Dublin 7 area since 1996.
Tickets for ‘Reassembled, Slightly Askew’ can be purchased online at fringefest.com, at the festival walk-in box office, 13 Ormonde Quay Lower or by calling 1850 374 643 at a cost of €15 / €12 concession.
‘Reassembled, Slightly Askew’ will run as part of a wider programme at The Complex. Highlights from the autumn schedule include: