Damien Lee spoke with Production Manager, Anthony James, about Villanova Players final production for 2015, Ray Lawler’s classic Aussie tale, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. Listen to the interview below.
Each year two cane cutters from Queensland, Barney and Roo, travel to Melbourne to live the high life with their girl friends, the barmaids Olive and Nancy. But this year, the seventeenth year, everything is different.
Come a see what has made this play an endearing Australian Classic for 60 years. Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll opened in Melbourne in 1955. Within a year,it had become a household word, and when it reached a London stage in 1957, it was being hailed as the long-awaited proof that Australian drama had come of age.
The play deals with many themes, Australian mateship, the nature of happiness, the loss of idealism, aging and the inability to accept change. Set in a Carlton terrace house, the play is firmly Australian in situation and language.
Now playing until December 6 at the Yeronga State High School Auditorium, Oakwood Street, Annerley. For bookings phone (07) 3899 9962 or visit