See both sides of a story that captivated our nation in Letters to Lindy
When it comes to modern Australian history, Lindy Chamberlain is a name that almost all of us are familiar with due to the devastating events in 1980 that saw her accused of her own child’s murder. The case was as fascinating as it was heartbreaking, with media and public opinion playing a huge part in Lindy’s wrongful conviction. Though justice was finally served, it is hard to know just how Lindy would have been feeling during the whole ordeal. Letters to Lindy is coming to Brisbane Powerhouse from August 1–4, putting together the missing pieces using correspondence sent to the woman herself – from supporters, detractors and everyone else who had something to say.
In a court case that was so heavily influenced by outsiders, it makes perfect sense that Letters to Lindy draws upon material directly sourced from the strangers who affected the outcome. We all know the story – a family camping trip to Uluru ended in tragedy when a dingo killed two-month-old Azaria Chamberlain. A media circus, lack of evidence and mounting public scrutiny lead to Lindy’s arrest for the murder of her own child. Over three decades – from baby Azaria’s death to the final coroner’s report – members of the public wrote more than 20,000 letters to Lindy. This play pieces together the good, bad and ugly (with help from official interviews with Lindy herself) to create an enthralling, moving, and long overdue dialogue between Lindy and the people who had so much to say about her.
So just how does a show like this unfold? Letters to Lindy is brought to life on stage with an incredible team capable of understanding the great complexity of its subject matter. Award-winning playwright Alana Valentine (of Parramatta Girls and Head Full of Love fame) is the mastermind behind the creation, which is done incredible justice by director Darren Yap. Jeanette Cronin captivates in the lead role of Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, painting a riveting portrait of the woman who kept Australia’s attention for close to three decades.
Ready to see this case from a new perspective? You can grab tickets to Letters to Lindy through the Brisbane Powerhouse website.