By Ray Lawler
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll
With Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, playwright Ray Lawler changed the way Australians see themselves reflected on stage –and arguably caused a major shift in the direction of Australian theatre.
In this edited discussion, Lili Wilkinson is joined by Ailsa Piper –a playwright and actor who met her husband whilst both were on the set of The Doll. They discuss the themes of youth, paradise lost, the local vernacular, Lawler’s characterisations of women and men – and why the play’s Australian setting belies its kinships with the great tragedies of literature.