There is a particular type of public fascination with kidnapping cases, perhaps because of great sympathy for the families and children who suffer the cruel crime or out of morbid relief that your family was lucky. One especially famous case that garnered a lot of attention was that of Jaycee Lee Dugard who was found in 2009 after being held captive for 18 years or the fictional account of Jack and his mother in Room by Emma Donoghue, based on the real experiences of Elizabeth Fritzl, found in 2008 after being held by her father for 24 years. At the heart of these media frenzies or the fictionalised stories seems to be a need to understand; how could this happen? Who would do something so awful?Continue reading →
For the second instalment of DEADHOUSE: Tales of Sydney Morgue’s second season, Actors Anonymous and Blancmange Productions bring to light a classic story of the Australian bloke. Kevin Simmonds and Leslie Newcombe were underdogs whose petty crimes and dangerous mistakes set them on the run.
DEADHOUSE: Tales of Sydney Morgue returns for its second season presenting site-specific and interactive theatre experiences to reveal the hidden history of Sydney. Inspired by Caroline Overington’s book Last Woman Hanged, Louisa Collins: A Poison Crown explores the mystery surrounding two deaths, four trials, and a woman hanged.
Two young people feel inspired to understand the world through new eyes and decide to try out homelessness for a week. When they befriend a pair of genuinely destitute young people, the cruelty of their actions becomes apparent. This new Australian play about youth on the streets interrogates the misinformation and ill-feeling around homelessness from opposing perspectives.