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Letters to Lindy

By Alana Valentine
Australia

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 Chamberlain’s story.

Letters to Lindy draws on this correspondence, as well as extensive interviews with Lindy Chamberlain herself, to create an enthralling, moving and long-overdue dialogue between Chamberlain and the nation. Filled with humour and heartbreak, this stunning work explores the public’s relationship with one of 20th-century Australia’s most talked about figures and provides 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.

On opening night, join playwright Alana Valentine and the cast of Letters to Lindy for your chance to ask that burning question about this story, and to meet Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton.

‘A fascinating collage depicting Australian attitudes to grief, justice, celebrity, and to women who do not conform to expectations.’ SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

‘Exquisitely touching… detail upon detail is woven into a finely stitched masterpiece.’ AUSTRALIAN STAGE

Credits
Director 
Darren Yap
Designer James Browne
Composer & Sound Designers Max Lambert & Roger Lock
Lighting Designer Toby Knyvett
Cast includes Jeanette Cronin, Glenn Hazeldine, Philip Hinton, Jane Phegan
Image Credit
AP via AAP

A Merrigong Theatre Company production in association with Canberra Theatre Centre toured by Artback NT

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body

Supported by the Northern Territory Government, Create NSW & Wollongong City Council

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