Summer of the Seventeenth Doll


Pigeonhole Theatre present
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll
     By Ray Lawler    

“Lawler’s writing is still delightfully relevant, peppered with vernacular Aussie-isms.”
Peter Bleby (Aussie Theatre)

Ray Lawler wrote the iconic Summer of the Seventeenth Doll in the fifties, but that doesn’t mean the spirit has gone out of it. It’s hard to say just what has kept audiences gob-smacked for over half a decade – perhaps it is the stark realism, or the setting of endless, grinding Summer or the sheer emotional density of the thing — but there’s no denying Summer of the Seventeenth Doll still stands as one of Australia’s most praise-worthy plays. Just about every Australian knows about “The Doll”, but not everyone has had the opportunity to see it. It is a play that has become part of Australia’s history and psyche and one that every Australian should see. Set in Melbourne in 1953 the story takes place in the lay off season when Queensland cane cutters Barney and Roo travel south again for a summer of fun and frivolity with city barmaids Olive and her friend Pearl. However, this summer is different to the summers that came before; it is full of tensions, strains to recreate lost youth, as they struggle to recapture the magic of the past. A play about passion, expectations and disappointment, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll tells how life’s illusions — both public and private — inevitably shatter.

Running Time: 3 hours approx, including interval |  Audience Advice: 15+.

Director: Karen Vickery | Set Design: Michael Sparks | Costume: Fiona Leach | Lighting Design & Photography: Kelly McGannon | Sound Design: Matthew Webster | Olive: Jordan Best |
Pearl: Andrea Close | Barney: Dene Kermond | Emma: Liz Bradley | Roo: Craig Alexander

20 – 30 September 2017
Wednesday 20 September – 8pm
Thursday 21 September – 8pm
Friday 22 September – 8pm
Saturday 23 September – 2pm & 8pm
Wednesday 27 September – 8pm
Thursday 28 September – 8pm
Friday 29 September – 8pm
Saturday 30 September – 2pm & 8pm
Non-Subscriber Tickets:

Adult: $52.00
Concession & Groups 8+: $47.00
Under 16 years (U16): $25
Subscriber Tickets:
Adult: $42.00
Concession: $37.00
Adult: $47.00
Concession: $42.00

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