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, 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.

★★★★½

“A heady blend of symbolism, surrealism and magic realism”

The Reviews Hub

★★★★

“Spellbinding”

Theatre Reviews North

"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