Summer of the
Seventeenth Doll

By Ray Lawler
Director Neil Armfield


  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 24 Sept – 13 Nov 2011

Winner of one 2012 Helpmann Award
Best Female in a Supporting Role 
(Robyn Nevin)

After 17 years as Artistic Director here at Belvoir, Neil Armfield directs the play about how, after 17 years, all good things must come to an end.

Every summer, Barney and Roo have come back from the Queensland canefields to the Carlton house they share with Nancy and Olive for their annual season of leisure. This year though, Nancy’s gone and got married, and Pearl’s taking her place …

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is one of the pillars of our national theatre. With its premiere in 1955 Australian playwriting came of age. But The Doll is also about regeneration: about sloughing off the shell of habit and delusion and finding life anew.

Three Australian greats – Neil, The Doll and the Victa mower – were all born in ’55. Here we bring (at least) two of them together for the first time!


By Ray Lawler
Director Neil Armfield
Set Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Designer Dale Ferguson
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Composer Alan John
Sound Designer Paul Charlier
Assistant Director Susanna Dowling
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Suzanne Large


Steve Le Marquand
Robyn Nevin
Susie Porter
TJ Power
Yael Stone
Helen Thomson
Dan Wyllie

Production images by Heidrun Lohr
Rehearsal images by Heidrun Lohr

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