The vitriol hits you full on. We knew it was there, it had to have been. While words like ‘murder’ impact hard, there is other sneaky vocabulary in there, ‘wilderness’ slides by in the middle of a sentence. And should you see yourself in this opening assault, then you are in for a good old fashioned kick in the pants. Despite the onslaught of thousands of LETTERS TO LINDY which threaten and accuse with a malignancy that only the anonymous can be truly capable of, Lindy speaks directly to us with warmth and candour. For this is a play drawn from a life, not just the 199 boxes of letters which are housed in the National Library, but interviews between Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and playwright Alana Valentine.
In 1980 Lindy and Michael Chamberlain’s daughter, Azaria, was taken by a dingo from their campsite near Ayres Rock, as it was called then. For reasons that defy understanding Lindy Chamberlain became the focus of public attention. It was some kind of national sport to discuss the event, the succeeding inquests, the trial, around backyard barbeques. We didn’t have water coolers then but I can remember the first joke hit well before the first headline did. There was an ownership in the Australian psyche and many took to pen and paper to give their opinion. Lindy kept the letters, she still does, letters and emails and gifts all donated to scholarship. Continue reading LETTERS TO LINDY: A NATIONAL TOUR OF A COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS