Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

HIT Productions


The Doll’… gives voice to the vices and the virtues of a society long past but a humanity ever-present... Must not be missed”
Peter Wilkins, The Canberra Times

“A story of love, heartache, hope and loss, Ray Lawler’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll remains one of the theatrical canon’s most moving explorations of the fading of youth and dreams”.
Arts Review

For sixteen years two Queensland cane cutters have worked the punishing routine up North in the sugar cane fields for seven months of the year and travelled back to Melbourne to meet up for five months of partying and romance with their barmaid girlfriends. This seventeenth summer everything is different. One of the barmaids has ‘settled down’ and married a city bloke so a replacement date has had to be found. This ‘off-season’ proves challenging for them all....

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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

“Hope, love, mortality, delusion, class identity and gender equity are all explored within the single setting of a 1950s inner city Melbourne lounge room; the familiar setting ensuring the conflict resonates with audiences even nearly 70 years down the
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Show Details



Year Level Suitability


Curriculum area

The Arts - Drama






150 minutes [with interval]


$18 Students and Teachers [1 complimentary teacher per 10 students]


Drum Theatre (Dandenong, VIC)

School Term:
Term 1


Friday 6 March 2020 at 11:00am

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