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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

By Ray Lawler

Directed by John Grinston

Season: 16th Jul - 20th Aug 2022
Preview night 15th Jul
Friday and Saturday nights at 7.30pm
Sunday matinée at 4.30pm

Running Time: 3 hours including a 20 min interval

Please read our COVID Safety Guidelines before booking or attending a performance. Face masks are required to attend this production.

No door sales - please book before attending a performance to assist with Covid safety.

Please be assured that the Covid safety of our audience, casts, and crew is very important to us: In common with most Sydney theatres we still require face masks. If you book and later need to change your booking due to any Covid related issues we will be happy to transfer your tickets.

Check which seats are available and choose from the seat map here:

Roo and Olive

They came down from the far north, their work done. Months of hot, hard, sweat-soaked work: done and out-of-mind. Pockets lined, spirits high. Ready to bust out and party. Six months of party. That was the deal. Their time, their reward, their perfect life.

Waiting for them, in the city, a woman for whom it was both enough and a feast. She waited, this year, as in all the past years, her heart bursting with defiant love and hope. Never mind the losses.

Their reward, their dream, their perfect life. Until time dealt them the blow it had long booked them. See it, Ray Lawler's brilliant play that transformed our theatre and the way we see each other.

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is an Australian play written by Ray Lawler and first performed at the Union Theatre in Melbourne on 28 November 1955. The play is considered to be the most significant in Australian theatre history, and a "turning point", openly and authentically portraying distinctly Australian life and characters. It was one of the first truly naturalistic Australian theatre productions.

DirectorJohn Grinston
Set DesignTom Fahy
Costume DesignSusan Carveth
Lighting DesignMehran Mortezaei
Sound DesignMichael Schell

Stage ManagerMarica Fumanti
Lighting and Sound OperationCian Byrne
Ali Shad
Mark Berriman

EmmaLiz Grindley
OliveJodine Muir
PearlGrace Swadling
BubbaHeather Tleige
BarneyHarley Connor
RooMartin Grelis
Johnnie DowdHamish MacDonald

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Singing around the piano

By Arrangement with the Licensor, Ray Lawler c/- Fran Moore