Filled with humour and heartbreak, this stunning new work by award-winning playwright, Alana Valentine, explores the public’s relationship with one of Australia’s most iconic figures.
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 nation’s prejudices laid bare. The court case captivated a nation.
The National Library in Canberra holds a collection of more than 20,000 letters to Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton. From sympathy to abuse, from marriage proposals to death threats and photos of dogs’ birthday parties (yes, really!), the correspondence traverses the gamut of human response to Lindy’s story. Letters to Lindy draws on this extraordinary correspondence and interviews with Lindy herself, to create an enthralling, revealing 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.
A Merrigong Theatre Company production in association with Canberra Theatre Centre.