SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEENTH DOLL
Nominated for four Equity Guild Awards (2007) and Winner of Best Supporting Actress Award – Maggie Anketell for her portrayal of “Emma”.
WRITTEN BY RAY LAWLER
DIRECTED BY EDGAR METCALFE
Seton Pollock, and
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll was performing in TERM THREE – JULY 28 to AUGUST 12, 2006.
In the days before mechanical harvesting, two sugarcane cutters, travel south every summer for the lay-off, like bronzed ‘eagles flying south out of the sun’. In the seventeenth year of this unusual arrangement between Roo, Barney, Olive and Nancy, a metamorphosis is inevitable…
“The play still throws light on the sad process of fading dreams. Lawler’s rough and ready characters – Olive, Nancy, Roo and Barney – are the cornerstone of our national drama” Graeme Blundell
First staged in 1955, it has just enjoyed its 50th anniversary. The play has long been a High School syllabus text, and continues to be one of Australia’s most successful theatrical exports. When it first opened on the West End in London it played to rave reviews for 7 months and won the Evening Standard’s Play of the Year award. Many regard it still as Australia’s greatest play.
Mr Edgar Metcalfe, who is directing says… “it is Australia’s most famous and historically significant play and should be done regularly”.
Comments from Schools:
“Overall it was a good production. Barney and Pearl were authentic and outstanding.”
Carmel Adventist College:
“A polished performance. Aussie culture meeting the pressure of change – how do we cope?”
Methodist Ladies’ College:
“Great to see The Doll on!”
“Thank you for a very entertaining, positive and educationally rewarding experience. My students haven’t stopped talking about it.”
“Great show with a fantastic troupe of actors. This was a fine production.”
Corpus Christi College:
“The cost of the excursion was excellent and the quality of the production was in excess of this – congratulations! The students maintained good level of interest despite the length. My staff were very pleased with the response of their students. Thank you, Class Act Theatre!”