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. It will be realised in all its chilling glory by Luke Rogers.

Produced by Stories Like These

Cast & Creatives

Director Luke Rogers
Set and Costume Designer Georgia Hopkins
Lighting Designer Sian James-Holland
Sound Designer & Composer Nate Edmondson
Stage Manager Angharad Lindley
Producer Peter Gahan
With Kate Cheel, Lucy Heffernan, Liam Nunan, Contessa Treffone

Performance Times

Previews 9 – 10 September
Season 12 September – 3 October

Performance Times
Monday – Saturday 7pm
Saturday 3 October 2pm and 7pm



‘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 

‘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.’ ★★★1/2 Daily Review 

‘A thoroughly compelling and thought provoking night at the theatre.’ ★★★1/2 ArtsHub

Georgia Hopkins plastic draped walls, furniture, and television conjure domestic sterility and crime scene. The bed becomes an unholy altar of bloody matracide.’ Australian Stage

‘This is a tight ensemble piece, the energy and pace does not let up’ TheatreNow

‘a compelling cast, each with a distinctive presence, and an enthusiasm for agile atmospheric shifts’ Suzy Goes See

Blog Posts

MinusOneSister blog by Director, Luke Rogers


When tackling a new work, especially one as exciting and challenging as Anna Barnes’ MinusOneSister, you want to make sure that you can give it the greatest amount of support and development possible.  Stories Like These is a company that...

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MinusOneSister: From the Rehearsal Room


As we head towards the first preview for MinusOneSister, designer Georgia Hopkins reveals her process for the characters’ costume designs. For me, MinusOneSister has been a big journey into the world of the classical Greek texts, an exploration of revenge,...

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MinusOneSister: From the rehearsal room


As the MinusOneSister company head into their final stretch of rehearsals, actor Contessa Treffone reveals the excitement of working on a challenging and inventive script. I started working on MinusOneSister 2 years ago. It was at the Patrick White Playwrights’...

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