Available here as a single edition.
Also published in The Doll Trilogy.
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is an Australian play first performed in 1955 and then first published in 1957. The play is set in an old house in Carlton, Melbourne, in early December of 1953. Lawler's revised script (2012) of his (and Australia's) most famous play, explores the long term relationship between two larrikin Queensland cane cutters - Roo and Barney - and the women they visit every year in the off season - Olive, Bubba and Pearl. In this final Summer all awaken to middle-age and realise that things have or must change.
The impact of The Doll cannot be over-stated. Its success both here and abroad was quickly recognised as a defining moment in Australian theatre history.
Read Alana Valentine's response to Summer of the Seventeenth Doll in An Ever-Changing Idiom, a free essay from Currency Press.
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