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About Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

A beautifully observed, humorous and poignant play, Ray Lawler’s much loved tale of two Queensland cane cutters who for 16 years have worked up north in the brutal sugar cane fields and travelled back to Melbourne to meet up for five months of partying and romance with their barmaid girlfriends. But this seventeenth summer will prove challenging for them all.

A triumph at its 1955 Melbourne premiere, and highly successful West End season, this 2020 production of the Australian classic Summer of the Seventeenth Doll directed by award winning Denny Lawrence celebrates the 65th Anniversary of this iconic play.

Written by RAY LAWLER



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More than sixty years after its debut, Lawler's play still holds a mirror that reflects Australian society.
Out in Perth
A story of love, heartache, hope and loss, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll remains one of the theatrical canon's most moving exploration of the fading of youth and dreams.
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Theatre Works

14 Acland Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182

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