Nishla Smith presents

What Happened to Agnes

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

Developed by Opera North Projects and Leeds Playhouse, with support from the PRSF Talent Development Programme.

Prints and Lyric Programmes will be for sale on the night. Lyric programmes are free to those with hearing loss.

★★★★ “Intriguing and spellbinding theatrical story-telling… Perfectly timed for fringe theatre, finds a natural home in HOME’s annual PUSH Festival… I could happily watch this again.” – Theatre Reviews North

★★★★ “An unfolding mystery… The pathos, humour and warmth of this piece strongly marks its journey as one worth investing in.” – Quays Life

“Heartfelt, and powered by a passion for story-telling, What Happened To Agnes is undoubtedly a labour of love.” – Circles & Stalls

★★★½ “An enchanting and evocative performance… [Nishla Smith] is more than just a songstress, weaving a magical hour of haunting tales through her beguiling singing voice and her melodious meanderings.” – The Grouchy Critic

“A mellow, melancholic reflection on the fragility of memory and the enduring power of childhood… Requires concentration on the part of the audience but is well worth making the effort.” – British Theatre Guide

Want to know more about Nishla Smith?

  • Running time: 1 hour
  • Age guidance: 12+
  • Content Warning: This production contains descriptions of war and discusses the death of a child
  • Whilst there are no flashing lights during the performance there are fast moving, projected animations in some of the sections. The transitions between some of the images are also quick, in certain sections.
  • £12.50 full / £10.50 concs

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