My Son’s a serial killer!
LIE WITH ME is a stage show that looks at the mothers of serial killers.
Writer Liz Hobart joins Stages to discuss her show.
Will I be forgiven for the sins I didn’t commit, but created?
– Mrs Dahmer, a poem by Sierra Mulder
LIE WITH ME i s a new production from writer Liz Hobart (Snap Season, Intersection 2018: Chrysalis), director/co-creator
Warwick Doddrell (Stupid Fucking Bird) and Brave New Word Theatre Company (Asylum, Big Crow, Resolution)
A mother watches on TV as her son is arrested for the murder of three young men, their bodies discovered in his
apartment. Her friends text their support but always had their doubts, while her weatherman ex-husband becomes a media
sensation in the aftermath of the televised tragedy. What follows is a kaleidoscopic journey of investigation into a
mother’s past and future.
With her life suddenly thrust under the microscope, LIE WITH ME is a mother’s desperate attempt to survive in a world
that names her the Mother of a Monster. Combining dynamic physical and visual storytelling, the show creates an
intimate portrait of a woman facing the greatest crisis a mother can face. LIE WITH ME is a visceral, honest work exploring the
limits of the human heart.
Brave New Word is a Sydney based theatre company, dedicated to new writing. We’re proud to support emerging artists and to
present this semi-devised work from Liz Hobart and director Warwick Doddrell with an all female cast headlined by Lyn
Pierse. L ie with Me is an exciting new extension of our process, bringing a physical, actor and design led approach to the
creation of new Australian work.
“Lie With Me explores the public demonising of a mother figure for giving life to an evil man. The show places one woman’s
story under the microscope – the sensitivity, devotion and doubts of every motherhood thrust into a murder media storm.
No memory is safe.”- Liz Hobart
“Inspired by the devised process of Lepage and Mcburney, we’ve worked with a brilliant group of actors,
improvising scenarios, characters and imagery to bring the vast question of the piece to life. That improvised material has
been whittled down into an epic, non-linear structure emphasising physical and visual storytelling that allows us to
plunge the audience into the mother’s perspective. Design has also been involved from early in the process to explore a truly
integrated theatrical experience” – Warwick Doddrell