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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (cancelled)


Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (cancelled)

  • Date: Friday, 20 November 2020, 7:30pm
  • Venue: Her Majesty's Theatre (Adelaide) — 58 Grote Street, Adelaide, SA
  • Tickets: From $60 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

The two remaining performances of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, scheduled to take place on 18 and 20 November 2020, have been cancelled due to COVID-19.


Based on Ray Lawler’s 1955 Australian play of the same name, this chamber opera tells the story of a long-standing tradition at the end of the sugarcane season, in which cane-cutters Barney and Roo travel south to Melbourne for their annual fling with two city girls. But this year, the seventeenth year, is different. Gone are the larrikin summers of their youth. Instead, their reunion is full of tension, silence, and awkward attempts to hold onto their past. One girl has married; all of them struggle to come to terms with what their futures hold.

Lawler’s play is considered to be the most significant in Australian playwriting, marking the first time the authentic Australian voice was depicted on stage. So too does Mills and Goldsworthy’s opera express, at its heart, something heroic, fragile, and utterly moving.


State Opera is in regular consultation with SA Government and key stakeholders in regards to COVID-19. Safety of patrons and artists remains paramount. Any further changes to the scheduled performances for State Opera in 2020 will be made as far in advance as possible. 

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