‘Pay or Die’.


A black comic allegory of family life – the ties that bind, the sins of our fathers and the true meaning of death.



Since 1851, Black & Sons have made a good living from death, but a life steeped in formaldehyde carries its own price. With black sheep son Trevor due for release from the asylum for the criminally insane after his inexplicable murder of 23 doctors, it’s now time to dig up the past. Dark family secrets emerge, old scores must be settled. For the Black family, the Christmas message is simple: “Pay or Die”.

In the Shadows meets The Addams Family in London’s East End.

Written by

Brian and Keith Boak with David Allison


February 16, 2023