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Theatre

Letters to Lindy

A mother’s loss. A nation’s obsession.

Presented by BRISBANE POWERHOUSE

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,  Lindy Chamberlain.

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.

A MERRIGONG THEATRE COMPANY & CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE PRODUCTION

Reviews

Exquisitely touching… Detail upon detail is woven into a finely stitched masterpiece.

Australian Stage

…a fascinating collage depicting Australian attitudes to grief, justice, celebrity, and to women who do not conform to expectations… Cronin's pitch-perfect Lindy… is a warm, earthy, personable focal point in an evening that rises strongly in the final minutes to pay tribute to Chamberlain's resilience and to the child she lost.

Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald

A rather extraordinary play… a very moving couple of hours.

Canberra Times

An outstanding play… Letters to Lindy should be seen on every stage.

Canberra Critics Circle

Technical brilliance from Cronin... precise, emotionally powerful and unmistakably truthful. It’s a wonderful performance

Sydney Arts Guide

More Info

Writer Alana Valentine
Director Darren Yap
Assistant Director Warwick Doddrell
Designer James Browne
Co-composer/Co-sound Designer Max Lambert and Roger Lock
Lighting Designer (2018) Jasmine Rizk based on original design by Toby Knyvett
Stage Manager Zara Thompson
Tour Production Manager Tim Dennis
Cast Jeanette Cronin, Glenn Hazeldine, Phillip Hinton, Jane Phegan

About the Venue

Common Questions

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What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

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