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Two performances only - tickets are now on sale

Ray Lawler's much-loved tale Summer of the Seventeenth Doll comes to One Community, Blackburn for two performances only. Tickets are now on sale.

Presented by Whitehorse Performing Arts Program and HIT Productions, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is widely considered to be one of the most significant plays in Australian theatre history.

First performed at the Union Theatre in Melbourne on 28 November 1955, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll inspired a new age in Australian writing thanks to its distinct portrayal of Australian life and characters.

One of the first truly naturalistic "Australian" theatre productions, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll continues to be performed in theatres around the world and remains a favourite with contemporary audiences due to its beautiful and authentic portrayal of Australian life.

For sixteen years, two Queensland cane cutters have worked the punishing routine up north in the sugar cane fields for seven months of the year and travelled back to Melbourne to meet up for five months of partying and romance with their barmaid girlfriends. This seventeenth summer everything is different. This 'off-season' will prove challenging for them all as truths are told and lives unravel.

Don't miss this opportunity to see this iconic Australian play live on stage on its 67th anniversary. Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is part of the Whitehorse Performing Arts Program Professional Season.

Choose from two performances:

  • Friday 30 September, 8pm

  • Saturday 1 October, 2pm

    Tickets are now on sale through and are priced between $30 -$55. Early bookings are advised as ticketing is limited.

    For more information on Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, please see

    Following Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Whitehorse Performing Ars Program and RAZ Music are presenting This is Us: A Musical Reflection of Australia performed by the Grigoryan Brothers. One performance only on Saturday 19 November, 8pm. Find out more here.

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    When: Fri 30 Sep 8pm / Sat 1 Oct 2pm
    Where: One Community, 184 Surrey Road, Blackburn
    Cost: Full: $55, Concession: $52, Under 30s: $30, Subscriber: $47
    Your Comment
    I've never seen this although I know of it. I won't make it to the play but I'm going to get the nook and read it
    by betty (score: 2|676) 2 days ago
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