Letters to Lindy

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Currency Press, 2017 - Australian drama - 48 pages
The court case 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 nations prejudices laid bare. And in the eye of the storm: Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton. Over three decades, from baby Azarias death to the final coroners report, the publics fascination with Lindy seldom waned. The National Library holds a collection of more than 20,000 letters to Lindy. From sympathy to abuse, from marriage proposals to death threats, the correspondence traverses the gamut of responses to Lindys story. Letters to Lindy draws on this correspondence and interviews with Lindy herself. It is an enthralling, revealing, and long overdue dialogue between Lindy and the nation; a portrait of the wisdom and resilience of a grieving mother. This new work by award-winning playwright Alana Valentine ( Ladies Day, Parramatta Girls) explores the publics relationship with one of Australias most iconic figures. (2 acts, 2 male, 2 female).

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About the author (2017)

Alana Valentine's most recent award nomination is the Nick Enright Prize for Drama (NSW Premiers Literary Awards, 2017) for Ladies Day. She is the recipient of two Errols (Tasmanian Theatre Awards, 2017) for The Tree Widows, which was awarded Best Writing (Professional Production) and the overall Judges Award for her creative integration of community, culture and heritage. Alana was also nominated for an Errol for Best Director (Professional Production) for The Tree Widows. In 2017 Alana is again working with Bangarra Dance Theatre as dramaturg on Bennelong, after successful collaborations on their productions Patyegarang and ID. Barbara and the Camp Dogs, co-written with Ursula Yovich, will be produced by Belvoir in December 2017. In November 2017, Venus Theatre Company (USA) will world premiere Alanas play The Ravens. An extensive national tour of Letters to Lindy is planned for 2018. Alanas website is www.alanavalentine.com.

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