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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll



Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

Past Show

05 May - 20 May

Heath Ledger Theatre

Set in 1950s working class Melbourne, this is one of the most significant plays in Australian theatre history.

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

"(Lawler) has written a play so superbly true to Australian thought and the Australian scene...We know their faces, their voices – we share their dreams, we understand their failures." The Argus, on the world premiere in 1955 at the Union Theatre, Melbourne.

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is one of the most significant plays in Australian theatre history. This new Western Australian production will mark its presentation by every state theatre company in the country.

Set in 1950’s working class Melbourne, ‘The Doll’ revolves around the events of the seventeenth summer where two mates, on yet another ‘layoff’ season, come back to ‘live it up’ in the city with their girlfriends. However, this summer, things begin to change.

‘The Doll’ is the ultimate ‘sex in the city’ saga – seething with passion, disappointment and heartbreak, where not even love can protect those who refuse to see the realities of the changing world around them. With ‘FIFO’ and ‘DIDO’ now being a normal part of life for many Australian families, this play is more relevant to our audience than ever before.


05 May - 20 May


Heath Ledger Theatre


2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)

Content Warning

Contains Adult Themes.


Jacob Allan


Michael Cameron


Mackenzie Dunn


Vivienne Garret


Amy Mathews


Kelton Pell


Alison van Reeken


Ray Lawler


Adam Mitchell


Bruce McKinven

Bruce McKinven

Set & Costume Designer

Trent Suidgeest

Lighting Designer

Ben Collins

Ben Collins

Composer & Sound Designer

Andy Fraser

Fight Director

Michael Maclean

Stage Manager

Tegan Sorenson

Assistant Stage Manager

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