Deadhouse Productions invites you to dip into Sydney’s dark past with two immersive theatre shows in a 200-year-old crypt beneath St James Church in Sydney. The two true-crime stories to watch out for are Razor Gang Wars and Juanita Nielsen: The Final Days

As guests arrive for the show, they will be escorted through eerie rooms and passages underneath St James Church to witness the events of some of Sydney’s most interesting crimes. 

The Razor Gang Wars conjures the lives and times of Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh,  rival Queens of Sydney’s underworld during the 1920s. When the notorious Norman  Bruhn makes a bid to conquer the backstreets of Razorhurst, war erupts. Amid the chaos stands Lillian Armfield, Australia’s first policewoman. 

Razor Gang Wars returns to the crypt by popular demand, following a sold-out season in 2022 and rave reviews. 

Juanita Nielsen: The Final Days delves into the unsolved mystery that has captivated the nation for decades. On 4 July 1975, Sydney heiress, journalist and activist Juanita Nielsen disappeared after visiting the Carousel Club in Kings Cross. Step back in time with this captivating story of corruption and violence, as the production explores who killed Juanita and why. 

Writer, Producer and Director, Liviu Monsted, said, “Come along and immerse yourself in mysteries that have haunted Sydney for decades! Meet the characters who were key players during these times and discover what really happened to  these remarkable women. Enter the crypt and strap in for a thrilling mix of history,  theatre, and true crime as we delve into Sydney’s murderous past,” says Director Liviu Monsted.  

  • Razor Gang Wars – Thurs 31 Aug to Sat 16 Sept  
  • Juanita Nielsen: The Final Days – Thurs 28 Sept to Sat 14 Oct
  • Where: The crypt, St. James’ Church, 173 King St, Sydney 
  • Duration: One-hour with a maximum of 30 people per show. 
  • Purchase tickets here