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y Doll Seventeen single work   drama   fantasy   - One act
Adaptation of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Ray Lawler 1955 single work drama
Issue Details: First known date: 2002 2002
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'The original work on which this production is based is the classic Australian play, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. This play put Australian theatre on the international map in the 1950's, and remains a seminal work in the Australian canon with its evocative rendering of lost time. Playwright, Ray Lawler, gave permission for Jacqui Carroll to reconfigure his most famous work as a theatrical fantasy. This work has a mystical aura through the use of imagery that is both cartoon-like and surreal. Ninety percent of the dialogue has been replaced by movement and music that is entertaining, poignant and witty.

'Olive, Roo, Barney, Pearl remain as the dreamy main characters and, surrounded by the vocal and musical chorus of the three probing realists, they continually search for past happiness in a world that has changed forever. In this production the Doll has morphed into a life sized fairy that flits in and out, casting her charming, eccentric spell over everyone.'

Source: Artfilms website, Doll Seventeen entry: http://www.artfilms.com.au/Detail.aspx?ItemID=2096.

Sighted: 03/03/ 2015.

Notes

  • Doll Seventeen is a blend of dance and traditional Japanese theatre in the tradition of Suzuki.
  • Excerpt from director's statement: 'It is my intention not to present the play, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, but a designed impression, a fantasy of the play driven by the language of the senses. I offer here an intuitive impression, rich in movement and music. Olive, Roo, Barney, Pearl and the Kewpie Doll all drift through enmeshed in their dreams and nightmares. Surrounded by the vocal and musical chorus of the three probing realists, the main players continually search for equilibrium in a tilting world. Popular songs, movie themes, tangos, mambos, blues, etc. intersect throughout with the principal protagonists' world allowing them time for reflection on their interior life.'

    Source: OzFrank website: http://www.ozfrank.com/index.php?MMID=25&SMID=29.

    Sighted: 03/03 2015.

Production Details

  • Performed as part of the Energex Brisbane Festival at the Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, 18-25 September 2002.

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First known date: 2002

Works about this Work

Engaging the Audience Christa de Jager , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: Muse , July no. 230 2003; (p. 5)
Doll Drama 2003 single work column
— Appears in: Westside News , 17 September vol. 24 no. 38 2003; (p. 15)
Aussie Classic Gets Dolled Up Patricia Kelly , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 July 2002; (p. 36)
Festival Fair Brett Debritz , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 25 September - 1 October 2002; (p. 6)

— Review of The Holden Plays 2002 sequence drama ; My Love Had a Black Speed Stripe Brenna Lee-Cooney 2002 single work drama ; Kingswood Kids Angela Betzien 2002 single work drama ; Doll Seventeen Jacqui Carroll 2002 single work drama ; The Tale of Monkey : His Magic Journey to the West. Bryan Nason 2002 single work drama ; The Aunt's Story Adam Cook 2001 single work drama
Saved by a Classic Cut and a Cartoon Martin Buzacott , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 27 September 2002; (p. 18)

— Review of Doll Seventeen Jacqui Carroll 2002 single work drama ; The Tale of Monkey : His Magic Journey to the West. Bryan Nason 2002 single work drama
Festival Fair Brett Debritz , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 25 September - 1 October 2002; (p. 6)

— Review of The Holden Plays 2002 sequence drama ; My Love Had a Black Speed Stripe Brenna Lee-Cooney 2002 single work drama ; Kingswood Kids Angela Betzien 2002 single work drama ; Doll Seventeen Jacqui Carroll 2002 single work drama ; The Tale of Monkey : His Magic Journey to the West. Bryan Nason 2002 single work drama ; The Aunt's Story Adam Cook 2001 single work drama
Saved by a Classic Cut and a Cartoon Martin Buzacott , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 27 September 2002; (p. 18)

— Review of Doll Seventeen Jacqui Carroll 2002 single work drama ; The Tale of Monkey : His Magic Journey to the West. Bryan Nason 2002 single work drama
Engaging the Audience Christa de Jager , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: Muse , July no. 230 2003; (p. 5)
Doll Drama 2003 single work column
— Appears in: Westside News , 17 September vol. 24 no. 38 2003; (p. 15)
Aussie Classic Gets Dolled Up Patricia Kelly , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 July 2002; (p. 36)
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