Summer of the Seventeenth Doll
Ray Lawler’s revised script of his (and Australia’s) most famous play, in which two larrikin cane cutters and their women awaken to middle-age. The impact of The Doll cannot be overstated. Its success both here and abroad was quickly recognised as a defining moment in Australian theatre history.
It was reported that people drove hundreds of kilometres and a man swam a flooded river to see it.
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RAY LAWLER was thrust into prominence when his play Summer of the Seventeenth Doll became a hit for the Union Theatre Repertory Company in 1955, and subsequently toured with enormous success throughout Australia and to London.