September 18, 2022





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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

by Ray Lawler

Directed by Martin Gibbs


Shirley Burke Theatre, Parkers Road, Parkdale

Evenings: June 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29 and 30; July 1 at 8:00pm.

Matinees: June 18, 24 and 25 at 2:30pm

The most famous Australian play and one of the best loved, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is a tragicomic story of Roo and Barney. A beautifully observed, humorous, and poignant play, Ray Lawler’s much-loved play is a tale of two Queensland cane cutters who for 16 years have worked up north in the brutal sugar cane fields and travelled back to Melbourne to meet up for five months of partying and romance with their barmaid girlfriends. said: “Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is an iconic Australian work that should remain an important part of our Australian theatre-going repertoire and cultural education.”

Cast members are:

  • Danielle Carey – Bubba Ryan
  • Kirsty Hall – Pearle Cunningham
  • Sophie Hollins – Olive Leech
  • Jesse Hepburn – Barney Ibbot
  • Bruce Hardie – Roo Webber
  • Catherine Munday – Emma Leech
  • Rory McGrath – Johnnie Dowd

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