Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

by Ray Lawler
Opening Night 04 December 2008
Director: Brian Beresford

This classic of the Australian theatre was written and set in 1950s Australia, in a slightly down at heel Melbourne suburb where four women wait for the annual return from the sugar cane fields of two men, Roo and Barney, for the five month summer lay-off period. For 16 years previously the two men have returned to the two same women, bringing them presents (including the 'dolls' of the title) together with expectations of carefree, commitment free fun times. This year, however, things are different. For a start, one of the two women has left, has moved on into marriage with another, and her place has been taken by a new woman of quite different temperament and character. By turns sweet, sad, funny, irritating and moving, this play which marked the start of Australian theatre proper has retained its place in current theatre play-lists for the quality of its characters and the universality of its depicted experiences.

Reviews

Terry MacTavish - Theatreview
Barbara Frame - ODT via Theatreview

Cast

Bubba Ryan Kimberley Buchan 
Pearl Cunningham Barbara Walsh 
Olive Leech Katrina Yelavich 
Barney Ibbot Wyeth Chalmers 
Emma Leech Glenda Marshall 
Roo Webber Chris Horlock 
Johnnie Dowd Malcolm Lay 

Crew

Stage Manager Malcolm Lay 
Lighting Design Kathy Creswell-Moorcock 
  Jeffrey Vaughan 
Lighting Operator Kathy Creswell-Moorcock 
Sound Kathy Creswell-Moorcock 
Front of House Rosemary Beresford 
Chris Horlock, Kimberley Buchan.
Barbara Walsh.
Katrina Yelavich.
Wyeth Chalmers.
Barbara Walsh, Malcolm Lay.
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