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

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