Sister is a full length musically-driven show about a brother and sister, who live on opposite sides of the world, and so only speak over the phone/internet. When we meet them, the brother, a painter, is preparing for his first solo show– an exhibition drawing on their childhood. Sister is about the intensity, power-play and emotional landscape of a sibling relationship, set against the backdrop of his anxiety, her propensity for stretching the truth, and the shadows of their shared memories. Sister is written for 2 actor/singers, and a four-piece improvising ensemble. As the show develops, more of the brother’s paintings appear on stage– the last scene is set at the exhibition, and after the show, the audience will leave through the performance space, having a chance to experience the art up close. Luca will be creating a huge body of work as part of this show– creating each painting over the next 12 months.
Sister’s R&D stage was supported by a Developing Your Creative Practice grant from Arts Council England. The show was also selected by Mercury Musical Developments for BEAM, a showcase of new British musical theatre. In Summer 2021 we workshopped Sister as part of our residency at Snape Maltings in Suffolk with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. We’re currently welcoming conversations with potential producing partners for 2022.
We’re excited to welcome dramaturg Elin Schofield to the creative team for Sister.
Elin is a director, writer and movement director, and a supported artist at Sheffield Theatres. She recently won the inaugural Bill Cashmore Award for her play, ‘Screwdriver’ at the Lyric Hammersmith.