what happened to agnes
a staged song-cycle with immersive visual projections for actor/singer + pianist
What Happened to Agnes brings to life the vivid imagination of singer and story-teller Nishla Smith, as she spins her grandmother’s Malaysian childhood memories into a magic-realist realm of talking tigers, hidden dangers and infinite staircases. Set against the vibrant backdrop of Luca Shaw's hand-painted projections and stunning piano scene-painting from Tom Harris, Nishla's haunting songs bewitch and enchant, drawing the listeners ever deeper into a dark world of lost memories.
"When my grandmother’s sister Agnes was nine years old, she disappeared…”
“Intriguing and spellbinding theatrical story-telling"
Theatre Reviews North
“An unfolding mystery."
"A mellow, melancholic reflection on the fragility of memory and the enduring power of childhood."
British Theatre Guide
"She draws you into this world of hers, reflective and contemplative ... and full of wonderment."
The Grouchy Critic
"Heartfelt, and powered by a passion for story-telling"
Circles and Stalls
What Happened to Agnes was developed by Opera North Projects, with support from the PRSF Talent Development Programme. With thanks to Leeds Playhouse and HOME Mcr. Toured using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Matthew Walker for the Standout Company at HOME Mcr
Robin Zahler at Lancaster Jazz Festival
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