All events

Sister by Born Mad

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Tue 6 Sep – Sat 10 Sep, 7:30pm

Running time: 1 hour

Venue: Downstairs

Mira was separated from her sisters for 15 years during the civil war in Algeria. Jessica and Annabel used to tell each other everything. And Tara? Well, she’s a bit of a pyromaniac...

Sister is an outpouring of memories – some tender, some comic, and others painful and raw. 

Foley art and stark verbatim text meet Alex Groves' expansive electronic music to create this bold new production which gets right to the core of family life.


Born Mad is a cutting-edge music theatre company based in London. We tell unusual stories in unusual ways, fusing ethereal electronics, soaring vocal lines and bold visuals. We are a collective of composers, directors, singers, dancers and designers who work across art forms to explore the unexpected.


In this fascinating podcast, Born Mad's composer Alex Groves shares some insights about making the soundworld behind Sister: 


Gobsmacking stuff. Performance skills through the roof. Must see." ★★★★★
London City Night REVIEW

“Perfect. Mesmerising. A true joy." ★★★★★"

Carn's Theatre Passion REVIEW


"Gobsmacking stuff. Performance skills through the roof. Must see." ★★★★★

The Blog of Theatre Things REVIEW


  • Tue 6 Sep, 7:30pm
  • Wed 7 Sep, 7:30pm
  • Thu 8 Sep, 7:30pm
  • Fri 9 Sep, 7:30pm
  • Sat 10 Sep, 7:30pm

Daisy Brown – Performer
Daisy studied at Trinity Laban‚ and was awarded the Eva Malpass Scholarship, the City Livery Club Music Section prize, was a Finalist in the Thelma King awards and Semi-Finalist in the Handel Festival Singing Competition. Engagements include Masha The Queen of Spades‚ Tweedle Dee Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Mabel The Pirates of Penzance (Opera Holland Park)‚ AdinaThe Elixir of Love and Karolka Jenufa (Opera North)‚ Frasquita Carmen (Mid Wales Opera and Nevill Holt)‚ Amor Orfeo ed Euridice (Buxton Festival)‚ Daniel Susanna (Iford)‚ Susanna Le nozze di Figaro (Opera Vera) and Pamina The Magic Flute (Britten Pears). Concert and oratorio includes Messiah (Royal Albert Hall)‚ Paul Carr’s Requiem for an Angel‚ Missa Brevis, Faure’sRequiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass and Solemn Vespers.
Nia Coleman - Performer
Soprano, Nia Coleman, is in the final stages of her Master of Arts in Vocal Performance at The Royal Academy of Music where she currently studies with Glenville Hargreaves and Jonathan Papp. Placed as Very Highly Commended in the Isabel Jay Operatic Prize, Nia is also grateful recipient of the Jennifer Vyvyan Scholarship and was honoured to be granted a Postgraduate Award from Help Musicians UK. She graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Music and Drama from The University of Manchester in 2012, where she was twice awarded the Procter-Gregg Prize for Performance. Recent engagements include performing Bach Cantatas with Mark Padmore at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall for the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.
Georgia de Grey - Designer
Georgia graduated from The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School with a MA in Theatre Design in 2013, and was a finalist for the Linbury Prize for Stage Design the same year. Recent productions include: Shadwell Opera’s Speech Acts, a double bill of Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill and Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (2015), Cans, by Stuart Slade at Theatre 503 (November 2014), The Love and Devotion of Ridley Smith by Miran Hadzic, Old Red Lion Theatre (October 2014), Long Story Short by Adam Foster, Lee Anderson and Andrew Whyment, Charring Cross Theatre (2014), Pleasance Islington (2014), The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan, adapted by David Aula and Jimmy Osborne, The Vaults Festival (2014), The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown, Tobacco Factory Theatres Bristol (2013).
Alex Groves – Composer
Alex Groves composes both acoustic and electronic music, often combining live instrumentalists and singers with richly textured electronics to create hypnotic and all-enveloping soundworlds. He has been commissioned by organisations including the Royal Opera House, East London Dance & the Union Chapel, and by performers such as organist James McVinnie & violist Liam Byrne. He also regularly collaborates on works for the stage, including both theatrical sound design and with Born Mad. He is a LSO Soundhub Associate and has presented work at the Linbury Studio Theatre (ROH), Kings Place, NT Studio, NT Shed Soho Theatre, Union Chapel and Nonclassical.
Ben Jacobs – Lighting Designer
Ben trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Recent design credits include: The State We're In (Theatre 503), Red, People We Didn't Quite Meet (The Place), Cuncrete (Camden People's Theatre), Side By Side By Sondheim (Jack Studio Theatre), Elexion (Theatre 503), Citizen Puppet (New Diorama Theatre), Date 1 - 10 (Landor Theatre), Fluxorama (Clifftown Theatre), The Lost Happy Endings (Tabard Theatre), Red Like Embers (Theatre 503), Free Fall (Pleasance Theatre), The Greene Card (The Space), Fanny & Faggot (Tabard Theatre). Recent assistant credits include: The Lorax (The Old Vic), Out of His Skin (UK Tour), Tavaziva 10 (UK Tour).
Rebecca Hanbury – Writer & Director
Rebecca is a stage director working across devised theatre, new writing, classics and opera. Recent work has been presented at Ovalhouse, the National Theatre Studio, The Cockpit Theatre, King's Place and at the Bussey Building.  She has worked as an assistant director at some of the UK’s most prestigious companies including Welsh National Opera, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, English Touring Opera, Opera Holland Park, Linbury Studio Theatre (Royal Opera House). For her next role, she will work as an assistant director at Scottish Opera.

Click an image to view a larger version.

We thought you may like…

Still by The Future Is Unwritten

Tues 22 - Sat 26 November 7.30pm

Still celebrates the life and work of reclusive street photographer Vivian Maier, in a new piece of about photography, social media sharing and data protection.

The Marked by Theatre Témoin

Thu 13 - Sat 22 October 7.30pm (no performances Sun or Mon) Matinees Sat 15, Tues 18 & Sat 22 Oct 2pm

A haunting, mystical wonderland inspired by real-life stories of homelessness.