Merrigong Theatre Company’s acclaimed Letters to Lindy is returning to the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre as part of a national tour.
The play will begin its journey at IPAC on June 22 before heading to theatres in Penrith, Tamworth, Dubbo, Orange, Newcastle, Wyong, Parramatta, Bathurst, Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Dandenong, Albert Park, Brisbane and Toowoomba. Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton will also attend several of the venues for Q&A sessions.
Last year the company secured $56,638 in state government funding to tour the work which explores the public’s fascination with Mrs Chamberlain-Creighton and based on actual letters sent to her during the 1980s.
“The story of Lindy Chamberlain is an iconic and important one for all Australians,” company CEO Simon Hinton said.
“Merrigong is particularly proud of the work we have produced in Letters to Lindy, a part of continued focus on producing and presenting new Australian work.”
The tour announcement comes after the company’s latest ambitious project, Lost Boys, completed its debut season last week. The emotive work, written by Lachlan Philpott, was inspired by real events including the death of WIN TV newsreader Ross Warren who disappeared in 1989.
“There’s a really culpable sense in the theatre each night that this a story that needs to be told and that’s the sort of response we’ve been getting,” Mr Hinton said.
“People are feeling this is the right time to tell the story in the wake of the marriage equality plebiscite … we are getting quite a lot of positive feedback about the production and interest in it going elsewhere in Australia.”