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Live Stream of "Summer of the Seventeenth Doll"

Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA is celebrating national treasure Ray Lawler’s 99th birthday on Saturday 23 May at 7.30pmWST with a live stream of the much-loved play Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.

Set in 1950’s working class Melbourne, ‘The Doll’ revolves around the events of the seventeenth summer when two mates, on yet another ‘layoff’ season, come back to ‘live it up’ in the city with their girlfriends. However, this summer, things begin to change. Black Swan presented the play in 2018 at the Heath Ledger Theatre.

The play’s author Ray Lawley was thrust into prominence when his play, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, became a hit for the Union Repertory Theatre Company, under John Sumner’s direction. The year was 1955, and Lawley, appearing in the role of Barney, toured with the play through its successful seasons in Australia and the London West End, until it finally finished on Broadway in 1958. It’s criticism of Australian cultural stereotypes - combined with a natural style and a language free of clichè - represented a major break in tradition and inspired a new phase of dramatic realism in Australia. 

The full-length live stream will only be available to watch via a private link sent to registered attendees. It will only be available to watch on the night so make sure you’re ready to watch at 7:30pm sharp. To register and for more information, visit our website. 

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    Saturday 23 May | 7.30pm WST

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    Free event

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