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DEADHOUSE: Tales of Sydney Morgue - Simmonds & Newcombe: The Deadly Run

Start:Wed 20 Nov 2019
End:Sat 30 Nov 2019
From $50.11
After a stellar inaugural season last year, DEADHOUSE Tales of Sydney Morgue, is back with a new show and housed in a new venue - the Crypt underneath St James’ Church. This true-crime, immersive theatre experience runs from 23rd October – 30th November.

For centuries, city morgues were known as ‘deadhouses’ because bodies could not be buried in the frozen ground of winter, so were stored in these deadhouses until the thaw. Between 1854 and 1972, Sydney’s deadhouse was the Sydney Morgue and Coroner’s Court located in George Street. Thousands of grim cases of murder and unexplained death passed through the site and into Sydney’s history.

DEADHOUSE Tales of Sydney Morgue takes two such cases and brings them to life while audiences move through the eerie, neo-gothic tunnel and side rooms that comprise the Crypt.

DEADHOUSE Tales of Sydney Morgue 2019 will explore the notorious crimes of alleged husband-killer, Louisa Collins and deadly prison escapees Kevin Simmonds and Leslie Newcombe. A thrilling mix of history, theatre and true-crime, a talented cast of ten performers in each play will draw you into experiencing these two grisly stories from Sydney’s dark and murderous past.

Simmonds & Newcombe: The Deadly Run by Liviu Monsted 20th Nov – 30th Nov
In 1959, two convicts, Kevin Simmonds and Leslie Newcombe, undertook an audacious escape from Sydney's notorious Long Bay Penitentiary, leading to the biggest police hunt in NSW history involving more than 500 police-officers over several weeks.

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 before breaking into Emu Plains Prison Farm where they murdered a guard to steal his revolver and hide in the bush.

Due to their ability to elude capture and outfox police, the two men gained some notoriety and fame during their time on the run. Five weeks later, crowds greeted Simmonds when he was eventually brought to Sydney’s Central Criminal Court for trial.

The Crypt, St James' Church
173 King St, Sydney
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