LETTERS TO LINDY by Alana Valentine
A Merrigong Theatre Company production in association with Canberra Theatre Centre
Filled with humour and heartbreak, this stunning work by award-winning playwright Alana Valentine (Parramatta Girls, Head Full of Love) explores the public’s relationship with one of 20th Century Australia’s most iconic figures. The story captivated a nation. A mother accused of murdering her child, her claim – that the baby was taken by a dingo – denied and discredited by zealous police and a flawed legal system. The media circus, the rumours, the mob mentality, and a nation’s prejudices laid bare. Over three decades, from baby Azaria’s death to the final coroner’s report, the public wrote more than 20,000 letters to Lindy Chamberlain. From sympathy to abuse, letters from children and letters from those who have lost a child, these letters traverse the gamut of human response to Lindy’s story. Letters to Lindy draws on this correspondence, as well as extensive interviews with Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton herself, to create an enthralling, moving, and long overdue dialogue between Lindy and the nation.
Directed by Darren Yap and featuring the critically acclaimed performance from Jeanette Cronin as Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, Letters to Lindy provides a deep insight into one of the most compelling legal and human dramas of our times. It paints a singular portrait of the heartbreak,
wisdom and resilience of a grieving mother and her 30 year fight for justice.
Director Darren Yap; Designer James Browne; Co-Composer/Co-Sound Designer Max Lambert and Roger Lock; Lighting Designer Toby Knyvett; Cast Includes: Jeanette Cronin.
“Exquisitely touching... Detail upon detail is woven into a finely stitched masterpiece.” AUSTRALIAN STAGE
Approximately 2 hrs 10 mins including 20 minute interval
Suitable age 13+
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