"When my grandmother’s sister Agnes was nine years old, she disappeared..."

'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 an unforgettable piano score from Tom Harris, Nishla's haunting songs bewitch and enchant, drawing the listeners ever deeper into a dark world of lost memories.

'What happened to Agnes' premiered at the Furnace Festival at Leeds Playhouse in November 2019, and will tour the UK in Jan/Feb 2020. 

manchester / jan 24 / push festival /HOME mcr

manchester / jan 25 / push festival /HOME mcr

london / feb 5 / clf art cafe

london / feb 6 / clf art cafe

liverpool / feb 12 / the stockroom @ kazimier gardens

sheffield / feb 19 / theatre deli

birmingham / feb 26 /  midlands arts centre

leeds / mar 6 /  interplay theatre


'What Happened to Agnes' was developed by Opera North Projects and Leeds Playhouse, with support from the PRSF Talent Development Programme.  The 2020 tour will be supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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photo credits: chiara terraneo

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