Ask Audrey Ask Audrey
Archived

DEADHOUSE: Tales of Sydney Morgue 2019

Staged in the crypt of St James' Church, two new plays re-examine two of Sydney's most notorious true crime stories.

Text size
Text size
Add to favourites

DEADHOUSE: Tales of Sydney Morgue 2019

Date: 9 Oct 2019

History, theatre and true crime collide in the second season of DEADHOUSE.

Staged in the Crypt of St James’ Church, the 200-year-old sandstone structure designed by convict architect, Francis Greenway, DEADHOUSE revives two notorious cases:

Written by Gina Schien, A Poison Crown examines the case of Louisa Collins, a woman tried four times for poisoning two husbands.

Suspicion fell on Louisa after both husbands died a little over a year apart. When they were both exhumed from the Devonshire Street Cemetery and autopsied in the Sydney Morgue branch at Central, tiny traces of arsenic were found in both bodies. NSW Police arrested Louisa and charged her with two murders.

The Collins case captured the public imagination. Her death sentence sparked public satisfaction and outrage. A Poison Crown transports you to 19th-century Sydney and brings to life the characters who fought for and against Louisa’s appointment with the gallows on 8th January 1889.

In The Deadly Run, Liviu Monsted revisits the story of two convicts, two convicts, Kevin Simmonds and Les Newcombe, who in 1959 undertook an audacious escape from Sydney’s Long Bay Penitentiary, which led to the biggest police hunt in NSW history.

Escaping from the central section of the gaol through a ventilation duct in the roof of the prison chapel, they spent their first night of freedom huddled in a freshly dug grave in Botany Cemetery. Their deadly run eventually involved around 500 policemen as, over the ensuing weeks and months, the absconders sought to hide under the Sydney Showground grandstand, break into Emu Plains Prison Farm in order to steal a revolver, and hide in a car buried in the bush.

Content
H.M.S. Pinafore
Add to favourites
ArchivedGlen St Theatre, Belrose, Sydney 20 - 22 Feb 2020

H.M.S. Pinafore

Director Kate Gaul's acclaimed Hayes Theatre Co production hits the road for a short NSW tour.

Coram Boy
Add to favourites
ArchivedKings Cross Theatre, Kings Cross, Sydney 22 Nov - 7 Dec 2019

Coram Boy

On the cusp of the Industrial Revolution, the wealth of England’s aristocracy is built on slavery - and children are its commodities.

First Love is the Revolution
Add to favourites
ArchivedGriffin Theatre, Kings Cross, Sydney 1 Nov - 14 Dec 2019

First Love is the Revolution

Griffin Theatre presents the Australian premiere of Rita Kalnejais' bittersweet love story between a fox and a lonely teenage boy.

See More

More to see

View All
Billy Elliot the Musical
Add to favourites
ArchivedLyric Theatre, Pyrmont, Sydney 10 Oct - 8 Dec 2019

Billy Elliot the Musical

The return of the gritty yet feel-good story of a young boy determined to dance.

Cirque Stratosphere
Add to favourites
ArchivedConcert Hall, Sydney Opera House 24 Dec - 19 Jan 2020

Cirque Stratosphere

Strap in for 360 degrees of adrenaline filled flights of daring, and seemingly impossible acrobatic and aerial feats.

Emil and the Detectives
Add to favourites
ArchivedThe Studio, Sydney Opera House 7 - 8 Dec 2019

Emil and the Detectives

Erich Kästner's classic tale told in intimate theatrical style by two skilled actors immersed in smoke and mirrors, miniature worlds and a cinematic score.

Hamlet
Add to favourites
ArchivedTom Mann Theatre, Surry Hills, Sydney 22 - 24 Nov 2019

Hamlet

Sydney Foreign Actors Association presents Shakespeare's Hamlet featuring actors from 12 countries.

Top