Courtney Love and Lindy Chamberlain cross paths on a remote highway somewhere in Australia, seeking an elusive Oracle. An unlikely connection ensues, sliding in and out of time with cosmic reverberations of grief and loss.
A series of chance encounters unfold. These extremely different public figures, villified within their own time, meet each other after the disappearance of baby Azaria and in the ferment of rumour following Kurt Cobain’s death. Both women are unjustly accused of murder: Chamberlain in a law-court and Love in the seedy territory of conspiracy theorists and documentary movie-makers.
Love/Chamberlain is a play about grief, public judgement and the demonisation of women. Can any woman ever go unscrutinised for her behaviour in the public eye? And why is it easier for people to believe a fanciful lie over the complicated truth of real experience?
Love/Chamberlain asks you to shake up your own assumptions, historical and current, about Love and Chamberlain, seemingly very different women with such distinct perspectives. It explores how we turn to faith, magical thinking and the supernatural when we stand on uncertain ground, prompted by the reverberations of grief to go looking for miracles and wonders.
This work is about the instability and unknowability of the future and how the past informs the present. This story provides a unique perspective on our past and present by delving into the collective imagination of a 1980’s Australia that chose to believe in the guilt of a young mother with unfamiliar beliefs while demonstrating willed blindness to the harsh realities of this landscape.
On this wild ride, can the hedonistic Courtney and deeply devout Lindy work out how to hear each others’ loss and guilt, or will they stay inside the power structures and outmoded archetypes which keep them apart, spinning in the isolation of their repeating grief?
Please note: this is a creative work and does not represent the thoughts, feelings, words or actions of Lindy Chamberlain or Courtney Love.