Love/Chamberlain is an ambitious, genre-bending work about grief, judgement and the vilification of two very different women who refused to conform to public expectations – Courtney Love and Lindy Chamberlain.
The work examines the instability of the future, the fragility of memory and the at times unbearable reality of the present. Blending real and fictional events through a series of other-worldly encounters, it delves into the collective imagination of 1980s Australia, providing a unique perspective on our past and present.
Love/Chamberlain is the culmination of the ongoing creative collaboration between writer Bridget Mackey and director Cathy Hunt. Following a successful development season in Canberra (2017) and further creative development as part of the Darebin Speakeasy (2018), Theatre Works is supporting the work’s Melbourne premiere as part of its Chapter Three season in October 2019.
When announcing their support of the project, Theatre Works said “In the wake of the #metoo movements, it is essential for Australian theatre to tell nuanced female-led stories examining profound inequality between the sexes.
“This new play asks a dangerous question: can any woman ever go unscrutinised for their behaviour in the public eye?”
Love/Chamberlain brings together a talented, predominantly female team of experienced and emerging creatives including Eloise Kent (Set Design), Rachel Lee (Lighting Design), Emma Valente (Project Mentor) and Christopher Grey (Sound Design) and Jay Robinson (Choreography).
Despite applying for local, state and federal grants, and being supported initially by in-kind creative development through Bluestone Church Arts Space and Maribyrnong City Council, the team has not been successful in securing funding for the Melbourne season.
We are thrilled to be presented as part of Theatre Works’ Chapter Three and have committed to invest our own funds to assist with initial production and rehearsal costs, but we need help to fully realise the play’s potential and ensure we can offer our artists compensation for their work.
Funds raised will go towards vital production costs including:
– Set, costume and prop materials
– Lighting materials
– Rehearsal space
By supporting those key areas of our production costs, you also support our artists. Without grants funding, we are not able to offer our cast or creative team fees for their time. By contributing to this campaign, you are helping to ensure that we can offer our artists compensation for their work in the form of substantial profit shares following the production’s season.