y The Doll Trilogy series - author   drama  
First known date: 1977 Issue Details: First known date: 1977 1977
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Notes

  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Production Details

  • Produced by the Melbourne Theatre Co., Russell Street Theatre, Melbourne, 12 February 1977.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press , 1985 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Plays on the Stage, John Sumner , 1977 single work criticism (p. xiii-xx)
* Contents derived from the Strawberry Hills, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press , 2001 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Plays on the Stage, John Sumner , 1977 single work criticism (p. vii-xiii)

Includes

1
y Kid Stakes Ray Lawler , Sydney : Currency Press , 1987 Z1239535 1975 single work drama
2
y Other Times Ray Lawler , 1970-1979 Z513399 1970-1979 single work drama
3
y Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Ray Lawler , London Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1957 Z522838 1955 single work drama (taught in 56 units)

'The most famous Australian play and one of the best loved, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is a tragicomic story of Roo and Barney, two Queensland sugar-cane cutters who go to Melbourne every year during the 'layoff' to live it up with their barmaid girl friends. The title refers to kewpie dolls, tawdry fairground souvenirs, that they brings as gifts and come, in some readings of the play, to represent adolescent dreams in which the characters seem to be permanently trapped. The play tells the story in traditional well-made, realistic form, with effective curtains and an obligatory scene. Its principal appeal – and that of two later plays with which it forms The Doll Trilogy – is the freshness and emotional warmth, even sentimentality, with which it deals with simple virtues of innocence and youthful energy that lie at the heart of the Australian bush legend.

'Ray Lawler’s play confronts that legend with the harsh new reality of modern urban Australia. The 17th year of the canecutters’ arrangement is different. There has been a fight on the canefields and Roo, the tough, heroic, bushman, has arrived with his ego battered and without money. Barney’s girl friend Nancy has left to get married and is replace by Pearl, who is suspicious of the whole set-up and hopes to trap Barney into marriage. The play charts the inevitable failure of the dream of the layoff, the end of the men’s supremacy as bush heroes and, most poignantly, the betrayal of the idealistic self-sacrifice made by Roo’s girl friend Olive – the most interesting character – to keep the whole thing going. The city emerges victorious, but the emotional tone of the play vindicates the fallen bushman.'

Source: McCallum, John. 'Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.' Companion to Theatre in Australia. Ed. Philip Parson and Victoria Chance. Sydney: Currency Press , 1997: 564-656.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press , 1978 .
      Extent: xiv, 297p.p.
      Description: illus., ports
      ISBN: 0868190179
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press , 1983 .
      Extent: xiv, 297p.p.
      Edition info: 2nd edition.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 0868190705
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press , 1985 .
      Extent: xx, 297p.p.
      Edition info: Rev. ed.
      Note/s:
      • On cover : A special edition commemorating the thirtieth annniversary of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.
      ISBN: 0868191191
    • Strawberry Hills, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press , 2015 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Edition info: Revised edition
      Note/s:
      • Published: 1st June 2015
      ISBN: 9781925005523

Works about this Work

Lawler's Demythologizing of the Doll : Kid Stakes and Other Times Joy W. Hooton , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 12 no. 3 1986; (p. 335-346)
Humour in The Doll Trilogy Nadia Fletcher , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 7 1985; (p. 53-68)
Ovation for The Doll Trilogy H. G. Kippax , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29 April 1985; (p. 12) A Leader of His Craft : Theatre Reviews by H. G. Kippax 2004; (p. 277-278)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
A Classic Transformed into a Soap Brian Hoad , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 14 May vol. 107 no. 5467 1985; (p. 86)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
Untitled R. Aldritch , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Campaign Australia , no. 114 1985; (p. 53)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
Untitled Geoffrey Milne , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 9-15 August 1985; (p. 36-37)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
Untitled L. Radic , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 31 July 1985; (p. 14)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
Untitled Andrew L. Urban , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 29 April 1985; (p. 12)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
Untitled J. Waites , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 3-9 May 1985; (p. 34)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
Exploring Life after the Doll Suellen O'Grady , 1984 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 14-15 July 1984; (p. 17)
Ray Lawler Peter Fitzpatrick , 1979 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: After 'The Doll' : Australian Drama Since 1955 1979; (p. 19-33)
Untitled Leonard Radic , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 March 1979; (p. 23)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
Untitled G. Dutton , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 10-11 February 1979; (p. 8)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
Untitled J. McCallum , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , vol. 3 no. 9 1979; (p. 49)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
Untitled Hope Hewitt , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 5 May 1979; (p. 17)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama ; Big Toys Patrick White 1977 single work drama
Successes From Sydney : Victoria Garrie Hutchinson , 1978 single work column
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , February vol. 2 no. 8 1978; (p. 37-38)
This column discusses theatre productions in Victoria in 1977.
After Many a Summer : The Doll Trilogy Jack Hibberd , 1977 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 36 no. 1 1977; (p. 106-109) Contemporary Australian Drama : Perspectives Since 1955 1981; (p. 153-157) The Temperament of Generations : Fifty Years of Writing in Meanjin 1990; (p. 241-244)
The Late Flowering of Ray Lawler Katharine Brisbane , 1977 single work biography criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 19 March vol. 99 no. 5049 1977; (p. 47-48)
The Plays on the Stage John Sumner , 1977 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Doll Trilogy 1985; (p. xiii-xx) The Doll Trilogy 2001; (p. vii-xiii)
The Father - The Doll Trilogy - The Training Run Katharine Brisbane , 1977 single work review
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , March - April vol. 1 no. 8 1977; (p. 10-11)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama ; The Training Run Mervyn Rutherford 1970 single work drama
Ovation for The Doll Trilogy H. G. Kippax , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29 April 1985; (p. 12) A Leader of His Craft : Theatre Reviews by H. G. Kippax 2004; (p. 277-278)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
Untitled Leonard Radic , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 March 1979; (p. 23)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
Untitled G. Dutton , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 10-11 February 1979; (p. 8)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
Untitled J. McCallum , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , vol. 3 no. 9 1979; (p. 49)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
Untitled Hope Hewitt , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 5 May 1979; (p. 17)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama ; Big Toys Patrick White 1977 single work drama
A Classic Transformed into a Soap Brian Hoad , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 14 May vol. 107 no. 5467 1985; (p. 86)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
The Father - The Doll Trilogy - The Training Run Katharine Brisbane , 1977 single work review
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , March - April vol. 1 no. 8 1977; (p. 10-11)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama ; The Training Run Mervyn Rutherford 1970 single work drama
Ray Lawler's Doll Trilogy Revived in Triumph Robert Milliken , 1977 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 21-26 February 1977; (p. 50)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
Untitled R. Aldritch , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Campaign Australia , no. 114 1985; (p. 53)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
Untitled Geoffrey Milne , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 9-15 August 1985; (p. 36-37)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
Untitled L. Radic , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 31 July 1985; (p. 14)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
Untitled Andrew L. Urban , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 29 April 1985; (p. 12)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
Untitled J. Waites , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 3-9 May 1985; (p. 34)

— Review of The Doll Trilogy Ray Lawler 1977 series - author drama
Ray Lawler Peter Fitzpatrick , 1979 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: After 'The Doll' : Australian Drama Since 1955 1979; (p. 19-33)
Successes From Sydney : Victoria Garrie Hutchinson , 1978 single work column
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , February vol. 2 no. 8 1978; (p. 37-38)
This column discusses theatre productions in Victoria in 1977.
Growing Up in Australia Katharine Brisbane , 1955 single work criticism
— Appears in: Summer of the Seventeenth Doll 1978; (p. ix-xxii)
Exploring Life after the Doll Suellen O'Grady , 1984 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 14-15 July 1984; (p. 17)
Lawler's Demythologizing of the Doll : Kid Stakes and Other Times Joy W. Hooton , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 12 no. 3 1986; (p. 335-346)
After Many a Summer : The Doll Trilogy Jack Hibberd , 1977 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 36 no. 1 1977; (p. 106-109) Contemporary Australian Drama : Perspectives Since 1955 1981; (p. 153-157) The Temperament of Generations : Fifty Years of Writing in Meanjin 1990; (p. 241-244)
The Late Flowering of Ray Lawler Katharine Brisbane , 1977 single work biography criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 19 March vol. 99 no. 5049 1977; (p. 47-48)
Humour in The Doll Trilogy Nadia Fletcher , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 7 1985; (p. 53-68)
The Doll Revisited : A Truer Realisation Ray Lawler , 1955 single work criticism
— Appears in: Summer of the Seventeenth Doll 2012; (p. vii-xii)

Ray Lawler explains the circumstances in which he decided to create the Doll Trilogy. He also provides background information on canecutting, boarding houses and kewpie dolls.

The Plays on the Stage John Sumner , 1977 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Doll Trilogy 1985; (p. xiii-xx) The Doll Trilogy 2001; (p. vii-xiii)
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