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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

By Ray Lawler

Directed by John Grinston

Season: 16 Jul - 20 Aug

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is an Australian play written by Ray Lawler and first performed at the Union Theatre in Melbourne on 28 November 1955. The play is considered to be the most significant in Australian theatre history, and a "turning point", openly and authentically portraying distinctly Australian life and characters. It was one of the first truly naturalistic Australian theatre productions.

Auditions will be by appointment on Saturday and Sunday 14th/15th May, using selected scenes from the text. Auditions will be held at the Genesian Theatre rehearsal space: Unit 2, 13-21 Cadogan st, Marrickville.

We request all auditionees read the play before auditioning if possible, though this is not essential!


  • Bubba: a twenty-two year old woman. Spirited, keen, lively. Works as salesgirl.
  • Olive: a woman in her late 30s or early 40s. Passionate, warm, earthy, impulsive. Works as a barmaid.
  • Pearl: a woman of similar age to Olive. Cautious, guarded, critical. Works as a barmaid.
  • Emma: mother of Olive. Foxy, canny, combative, earthy. Ability to play the piano an advantage, but not a necessity.
  • Barney: a man of about forty years. Sensual, earthy, hedonistic. Possessed of a wild streak. Works as a cutter of sugar cane.
  • Roo: a man of similar age to Barney. Proud, warm, loyal. Has worked alongside Barney in the cane-fields.
  • Johnny Dowd: a man of about twenty-four years of age. Cocky, strong, warm, gallant. A young canecutter.

Actors of all ethnicities and genders are welcome to apply.

To book an audition please email your CV and headshot to seventeenthdoll@genesiantheatre.com.au.

By Arrangement with the Licensor, Ray Lawler c/- Fran Moore