Agnes: A New Show in Development
Saint Agnes has lost control of her legacy. Join her on a time-travel revenge mission to reclaim her story and confront the men who took it from her.
Agnes of Rome was a 12-year-old girl who was executed in the 4th century after rejecting the sexual advances of grown men. She subsequently became the patron saint of girls, chastity and sexual abuse victims, though her story has become distorted and obscured over time. Our show follows Saint Agnes as she reckons with her powers, identity and legacy, with the audience joining her on a mission to track down her murderers in order to exact vengeance.
The development of this production would not have been possible without the incredible support we have received from from Kaleider, Applecart Arts and the York Performance Award.
Research and Development
During a rigorous research and development process, we collated examples of myths, art and historical figures. Agnes’ story resonated with us the most because we were inspired by the ideas of artistic and historical legacy, forgotten stories and adaptation over time.
From these discussions, further ideas of time travel and revenge emerged, which resonated with our interests in staging the impossible, subverting story structure and looking at themes from new perspectives. Ultimately, we find her a compelling figure because, as a child, she had no control over the religious and cultural legacies that have been imposed upon her