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y Summer of the Seventeenth Doll single work   musical theatre   opera   - Three acts
Adaptation of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Ray Lawler 1955 single work drama
First known date: 1996 Issue Details: First known date: 1996... 1996 Summer of the Seventeenth Doll
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An operatic adaptation of the Australian drama telling of Roo and Barney, Queensland canecutters who for sixteen years have spent the off-season in Sydney with their girlfriends. Each summer Barney ritualistically presents his girl Olive, a barmaid with a kewpie doll. But the seventeenth summer is different; time has begun to take its toll. The themes of faded dreams, idealism, disillusionment and the determination to live bring out a quintessential Australian boisterous flavour while portraying what happens when the values of the outback hero conflict with urban domesticity.

Notes

  • Commissioned by the Victorian State Opera. Programme with libretto available.

Production Details

  • First produced at the Playhouse, Victorian Arts Centre, 19 October 1996 as part of the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts. Directed by Richard Wherrett. Composed by Richard Mills. Libretto by Peter Goldsworthy.

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Works about this Work

Dramatic Punt on Old Tote John McCallum , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 March 2013; (p. 13)
Theatre Cues Stage Family's Brief Reunion Fiona Purdon , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 29 February 2012; (p. 3)
'A Comfortable Society' : The 1950s and Opera in Australia Michael Halliwell , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 45 2004; (p. 10-29)
Lively Art, Dismal Science : A Century of Queensland Playwriting Paul Galloway , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hot Iron Corrugated Sky : 100 Years of Queensland Writing 2002; (p. 200-213)
y Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, the Opera Paul Grabowsky , Jaslyn Hall , 1997 Z898092 1997 single work criticism The program follows the preparations for the first production of the Australian opera Summer of the seventeenth doll, from six months before opening night to opening night itself. Interviews are conducted with composer Richard Mills, director Richard Wherrett, librettist Peter Goldsworthy, author of the original play Ray Lawler, designer Brian Thomson, wardrobe designer Julie Lynch, and performers Gillian Sullivan, Gary Rowley, Elizabeth Campbell, Barry Ryan, Eilene Hannan and Natalie Jones.
Bel Canto Strine Bruce Williams , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , November vol. 6 no. 9 1996; (p. 59-60)

— Review of Corrugation Road Jimmy Chi 1996 single work musical theatre ; Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Peter Goldsworthy 1996 single work musical theatre
Firm Foundations Aid Doll's Journey Helen Thomson , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 October 1996; (p. 12)

— Review of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Peter Goldsworthy 1996 single work musical theatre
Firm Foundations Aid Doll's Journey Clive O'Connell , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 October 1996; (p. 12)

— Review of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Peter Goldsworthy 1996 single work musical theatre
Doll Dressed Up, Somewhere to Go Helen Thomson , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 October 1996; (p. B7)

— Review of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Peter Goldsworthy 1996 single work musical theatre
Doll Dressed Up, Somewhere to Go Clive O'Connell , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 October 1996; (p. B7)

— Review of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Peter Goldsworthy 1996 single work musical theatre
'A Comfortable Society' : The 1950s and Opera in Australia Michael Halliwell , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 45 2004; (p. 10-29)
Theatre Cues Stage Family's Brief Reunion Fiona Purdon , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 29 February 2012; (p. 3)
Lively Art, Dismal Science : A Century of Queensland Playwriting Paul Galloway , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hot Iron Corrugated Sky : 100 Years of Queensland Writing 2002; (p. 200-213)
Dramatic Punt on Old Tote John McCallum , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 March 2013; (p. 13)
'Doll' Resurrected as Opera Peter Cochrane , 1995 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 November 1995; (p. 16)

Awards

2012 nominated Victorian Green Room Awards Production : Theatre - Companies For 'A Belvoir production presented by MTC'.
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