| Reassembled, Slightly Askew

Reassembled, Slightly Askew

  • 05 Aug

  • paul


‘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 ★★★★★

‘When a doctor asks her if she knows where she is, I had to suppress the urge to shout: “In hell.” That makes the show sound gruelling. It is, but it is also uplifting and empathetic. Since her illness, Yee may feel slightly askew, but this piece is beautifully put together.’ —The Guardian ★★★★

‘A quietly devastating example of uncategorisable art at its best’ —Time Out London ★★★★

‘A richly textured three-dimensional soundscape that affords us a profound and moving sense of what it might be like to have a brain injury — and recover from one.’ —Evening Standard ★★★★

‘Offers all both humanity and insight, and a completely different theatrical experience.’ —The Arts Review ★★★★

‘Doctors Feel What It’s Like to Be in the ICU: Immersive art project lets Mount Sinai staff hear noises and feel confined like intensive-care brain trauma patients; a new view of treating unconscious patients.’ —The Wall Street Journal

‘The cutting-edge audio makes the sound three-dimensional and simulates the breakdown of logical sense, the cacophony of sounds and silence, and the in-and-out-of-full-consciousness state that Yee lived in during nine weeks in hospital […] Reassembled, Slightly Askew sits on a fascinating edge between immersive performance, technological research and health-care advocacy.’ –Toronto Star

Reassembled, Slightly Askew is an autobiographical, immersive audio-based artwork based on Shannon Sickels’ experience of falling critically ill with a rare brain infection and her journey of rehabilitation with an acquired brain injury. Audience members experience Reassembled individually, listening to the audio via headphones while lying on a bed. The piece makes use of binaural microphone technology and spatial sound design techniques, causing listeners to feel they are inside Shannon’s head, viscerally experiencing her descent into coma, brain surgeries, early days in the hospital, and re-integration into the world with a hidden disability. It is a new kind of storytelling, never done before about this topic, that places the listener safely in the first-person perspective with the aim of increasing empathy and understanding.

Reassembled… was made through a 5-year collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of artists led by Shannon Sickels (writer & performer), Paul Stapleton (composer & sound designer), Anna Newell (director), Hanna Slattne (dramaturgy), Stevie Prickett (choreography), and Shannon’s consultant neurosurgeon and head injury nurse. Its development and production has been made possible with the support of a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, the Arts Council NI, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast’s Metropolitan Arts Centre, and grants from the Arts & Disability Award Ireland scheme.

In its 2015 premiere year, Reassembled had 99 shows across Northern Ireland, including at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival (the MAC, Belfast) and BOUNCE Arts & Disability Forum Festival (Lyric Theatre, Belfast). It was awarded 5 stars in the Stage, a Hospital Club h100 Theatre & Performance Award, and been shared at medical conferences and trainings across the UK. It continues to be presented in diverse artistic and educational contexts, including as part of A Nation’s Theatre Festival in 2016 at Battersea Arts Centre in London where it was given 4 star reviews in the Guardian, Time Out London and the Evening Standard, and at the Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016 where it was nominated for 3 awards including “Best Design”.

Full Credits:

Artistic Team:
Shannon Yee (Sickels), Writer
Anna Newell, Director
Paul Stapleton, Sound Designer/Composer
Hanna Slättne, Dramaturg
Stevie Prickett, Choreographer
Matilde Meireles, Project Support

Production Team:
Shannon Sickels (Yee), Producer
Andrea Montgomery, Project Evaluator
Stephen Beggs, Performer/NI Tour Manager
Richard Lavery, Video Production

Biomedical Advisory Team:
Mr Roy McConnell, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Royal Victoria Hospital
Colin Williamson, Head Injury Liaison Nurse, Belfast HSCT

Performers (in order of appearance)
Shannon Sickels, Mary Moulds, Dorieann McKenna, Miche Doherty, Matilde Meireles, Anna Newell, Mary Jordan, Rosie McClelland, Dermott Hickson, Hanna Slättne, Paul Stapleton, Paddy Buchanan, Maria Connolly, Matt Faris, Maggie Cronin, Stevie Prickett, Shaun Blaney, Isobel Anderson, Katharine Phillipa Holland

Audio Trailer
***please listen with headphones***

Reassembled, Slightly Askew – Behind the Story


Reassembled, Slightly Askew Vignette – Paul Stapleton


Reassembled, Slightly Askew – What the audience thought


For further information visit:
official website