l a m a m a p r e s e n t s she wrote the letter

Some friendships seem impossible but last a lifetime.

She Wrote the Letter is based on an unlikely, long-lasting real friendship between Ute from East Germany and Tania from New Zealand – two women who maintained a 30-year committed pen relationship across language and cultural barriers, and through the collapse of communism.

Written by prolific Melbourne playwright, Kieran Carroll, in a collaboration with award-winning director Cathy Hunt, the play is drawn from correspondence that begins from a series of youthful letters from 1979 navigating the difficult East-West divide, before drawing us into complex family lives over decades.

Throughout all the political changes and shifts, and the evolution of their own lives, Ute and Tania maintain a loving connection and a longing to see each other’s countries. Performed  She Wrote the Letter is based on a genuine experience through an incredible time in history.

“A standout piece of modern Australian theatre” says Weekend Notes. “Heartfelt two-hander…full of tenderness” writes Theatrepeople; from Theatre Travels: “If you’re looking for something that’s going to make you think about the world a little bit differently, look no further than She Wrote the Letter.”

Don’t miss the premiere of this funny, joyous, and heart-warming new Australian play.

SEASON 22 June – 3 July 2022

TIMES Wed 6.30pm, Thu, Fri and Sat 7.30pm Sun 4pm

LIVE STREAM Fri 1 July 7.30pm

VENUE La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond St, Carlton

LENGTH 85 minutes

TICKETS $30 Adult | $20 Concession | $10 Live Stream

BOOKINGS 03 9347 6948 or

Writer: Kieran Carroll
Director & Dramaturg: Cathy Hunt
Performers: Tania McNaughton & Maria Nordenberg
Lighting Design: Harrie Hogan
Sound Design: Jess Keeffe
Set & Costume Design: Grace Mallinson
Associate Producer: Rachel Kameth
Operator: Natalya Shield
LaMama PR images: Darren Gill

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

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