A Merrigong Theatre Company production in association with Canberra Theatre Centre

Letters to Lindy

By Alana Valentine

Filled with humour and heartbreak, this stunning work explores the public’s relationship with one of 20th Century Australia’s most iconic figures.

22 Jun – 23 Jun


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

Following an acclaimed premiere season in 2016, we are proud to announce that Letters to Lindy, commissioned and produced by Merrigong, returns to our stage, before it
embarks on a national tour.

Filled with humour and heartbreak, this stunning work 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.

Directed by Darren Yap, and featuring a 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 wisdom and resilience of a grieving mother, and her 30 year fight for justice.

Recommended for ages 13+. Contains strong language and adult themes.

Reviews

"Exquisitely touching...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

National Tour
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 22 - 23 Jun
The Joan Penrith 26 – 27 Jun

Capitol Theatre Tamworth 30 Jun
Dubbo Regional Theatre 3 Jul
Orange Civic Theatre 5 Jul
Civic Theatre Newcastle 7 Jul
The Art House, Wyong 10 Jul
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta 12 - 14 Jul
BMEC, Bathurst 17 Jul
Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga 19 Jul
Griffith Regional Theatre 21 Jul
Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey 24 Jul
Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park 26 - 28 Jul
Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane 1 - 4 Aug
Empire Theatre, Toowoomba 7 Aug
Glen St Theatre, Belrose 28 Aug - 2 Sep

+ Northern Territory dates to be announced.


Lindy Chamberlain | Photo by AP via AAP



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Venue Information

Venue
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Bruce Gordon Theatre

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Cast & Creative Team

Director
Darren Yap

Designer
James Browne

Co-composer/Co-sound Designer
Max Lambert and Roger Lock

Lighting Designer
Toby Knyvett

Cast
Jeanette Cronin
Glenn Hazeldine
Phillip Hinton
Jane Phegan

Details

Pricing
Premium: $59
Adult: $49
Pens/Group 8+: $44
Under 30s: $29
Family of 4: $116 (Max 2 Adults)
School Groups 8+: $23

A per transaction fee of $6.95 applies for phone and online bookings.

Performance Times
General Public:
Fri 22 Jun, 7.30pm
Sat 23 Jun, 1.30pm & 7.30pm

Running Time
Approx. 2 hrs 10 mins (incl. interval)

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