Making a Murderer Meets Rosemary’s Baby in New True Crime Thriller

Making a Murderer meets Rosemary’s Baby in new true crime thriller, at the Old Red Lion Theatre this Halloween!

Bête Noire Productions and the London Horror Festival present


Father of Lies tells the chilling true story behind a mysterious, unsolved murder in West Germany, 1973. It is a thrilling horror show about belief, grief, ghosts and betrayal. We present twelve months of meticulous research into this extraordinary case. Using photographs, letters, police reports, and re-enactments of real events, we bring you this twisting, sinister tale of haunted priests, jealous widowers and satanic cults…

★★★★ “A carefully constructed and fantastically-performed show that pleasingly – and disturbingly – lives up to its intriguing synopsis” (The Wee Review)

The play is written and performed by Sasha Roberts and Tom Worsley. We met at Bristol University in 2004 and bonded over a shared love of horror films and literature:

‘We believe that horror is an underrepresented genre in theatre, which is a shame as horror suits such intimate, atmospheric, often dark, communal environments, where the audience’s imagination is free to run wild. Horror fans are extremely passionate and loyal, so we are particularly excited to be performing at the London Horror Festival.’ (Tom Worsley, co-writer and performer)

★★★★ “A thought provoking, disturbing and fascinating hour that will inspire discussions long after the show’s end” (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine)

What also makes our show unusual is the format: part presentation, part theatre performance. At times we address the audience directly with facts and evidence uncovered by our research, and at other times we play the central protagonists in dramatised scenes of key moments. By combining these two styles, we aim to create an absorbing and authentic atmosphere that will draw the audience into this dark, chilling history:

‘The format is influenced by true crime documentaries such as The Jinx and Making a Murderer, which have been enormously popular in recent years. The public is drawn to true crime (especially murder cases) because, like horror movies, they trigger the most basic and powerful emotion in all of us – fear. As a source of pop cultural entertainment, they allow us to experience extreme emotions in a controlled environment where the threat is exciting but not real. Moreover, by following an investigation, audiences can play “detective” and see if they can figure out “whodunit”.’ Sasha Roberts (co-writer and performer)

Venue: Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John Street, London EC1V 4NJ

Dates: Tues 31st Oct – Thurs 2nd Nov

Time: 21:30 (50 min)



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