Stories Like These and Griffin Independent present the world premiere of


by Anna Barnes

9 September – 3 October 2015

“Which one are you? Oh that’s right, you’re not the pretty one, the dead one. Not the smart one. You’re the crazy one.”

A father sacrifices the life of his eldest daughter for the common good – having her snatched away during a TV ad break. It’s the kind of thing that can really mess up a family. Mother turns against father. Son turns against mother. Sister turns against sister. Maybe you’ve heard the myth, but not like this.

MinusOneSister is Sophocles’ Electra furiously wrenched into the present and told from the point of view of the teenagers. Eternal obsessions mingle with the obsessions of our times, bloodshed goes hand in hand with Bacardi Breezers and Facebook, and a chilling portrait emerges of a family irreversibly shattered by grief and guilt.

A piercing new play with ancient roots, MinusOneSister won Anna Barnes the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award in 2013.

Kate Cheel
Lucy Heffernan

Liam Nunan
Contessa Treffone

Director  Luke Rogers
Set and Costume Designer  Georgia Hopkins
Lighting Designer  Sian James-Holland
Sound Designer and Composer  Nate Edmondson
Stage Manager  Angharad Lindley
Producer  Peter Gahan
Producing Assistants  Blake Feltis, Imogen Gardam, Tabitha Woo

Production Photos by Brett Boardman

Rehearsal Photos by Imogen Gardam

★★★★  “Formidable, forceful performances… Luke Rogers’ direction is tense and musical… Anna Barnes has tapped into something essential and immediate about young women, about anxiety and terror and anger and a constant, destructive lack of control over their own bodies and lives”
Time Out Sydney

“Luke Rogers has directed a fast-moving, textured and energetic production. The production elements are all first-class, from Georgia Hopkins’ sophisticated set and costumes to Sian James-Holland’s lighting design and Nate Edmondson’s sound design, which both punctuate the dramatic beats of the play. And this cast of four sensitive and forceful young actors gives you faith in the future (the present, really) of Australian acting” – Daily Review

A thoroughly compelling and thought provoking night at the theatre” – Arts Hub

MinusOneSister is a beautiful take on teenage reality. The proficiency of its writing, direction and ensemble acting amount to an enjoyable new reflection of the Electra story.” – Concrete Playground

“Luke Rogers’ direction brings to the stage a wild and decadent destructiveness that is often mesmerising… A compelling cast, each with a distinctive presence, and an enthusiasm for agile atmospheric shifts… the production is a polished and sometimes spectacular one.” SuzyGoSee

“This is a tight ensemble piece, the energy and pace does not let up… Another great production from Stories Like These and the Griffin Theatre. Worth adding this to you ‘Go See’ list” – Theatre Now


9 September – 3 October 2015

Previews 9 & 10 September
Monday – Saturday 7pm
Saturday 3 October 2pm & 7pm

80 minutes

$38 / $30

02 9361 3817 or www.griffintheatre.com.au

SBW Stables Theatre
10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross

Teachers:  Download the PDF below for information about school group bookings and HSC Drama (Stage 6) curriculum links for MinusOneSister.Post-show Q&As and an Education Pack with resources and additional information will be available on request for school group bookings.

MinusOneSister – Information for Teachers