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HIT Productions presents the 65th anniversary production of

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

by Ray Lawler


QUT is committed to the health and safety of our community. In response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, QUT Gardens Theatre complex is temporarily closed until further notice. In consultation with the producers, we have cancelled the season of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll which was to have taken place on 9 & 10 June 2020. Ticket buyers will receive a full refund of the ticket price.

This summer, everything is different.

Larrikin cane cutters Barney and Roo have tempered the past sixteen years working the punishing Queensland sugarcane fields by letting off steam down in Melbourne during the layoff season with their barmaid girlfriends, Olive and Nancy. But this summer, everything is different. One of the barmaids has 'settled down' and married a city bloke so a replacement date has had to be found. This summer – the seventeenth – will challenge them and everything they believed to be true.

From the cane fields to the city, Ray Lawler's iconic story of passion, bittersweet romance, and the yearning for lost youth has endured, not through nostalgia, nor because it spawned a new age in Australian writing, but because the characters and their dilemmas are so true: beautifully observed, humorous, poignant.

Written by Ray Lawler
Directed by Denny Lawrence

The Doll is a wonderful piece of theatre, that isn't really about a moment in our past, but about the search for love and the disappointments, denial and heartbreak that can come to those who refuse to see the realities of the world around them.


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QUT acknowledges the Turrbal and Yugara, as the First Nations owners of the lands where QUT now stands. We pay respect to their Elders, lores, customs and creation spirits. We recognise that these lands have always been places of teaching, research and learning. QUT acknowledges the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people play within the QUT community.