About the Play
"Summer of the seventeenth doll' is concerned with what should be a wildly exciting annual reunion bubbling with happiness which instead falls flat and proves to be the last of seventeen such occasions. Thus, appropriately, it begins in a mood of gaiety and joyful anticipation but ends in disillusion and bitterness”.
Peter Holloway (1981
"...the regulars'd stand aside to let 'em through, just as if they was a - a coupla kings."
Olive about Roo and Barney, shows the type of language used.
"Oh yes, that's what they remind me of, she says, two eagles flyin' down out of the sun and coming south every year for the mating season."
Pearl, as she stirs up the group, showing how the layoff has changed for them.
"Middle of the night Olive sat here on the floor, huggin' this and howling. A grown-up woman, howling over a silly old kewpie doll. That's Olive for yer!
Emma to Roo. This shows that Olive's world has been shattered - her life has gone with the lay-off.
"Y'know, a man's a fool to treat you as a woman. You're nothin' but a little girl about twelve years old."
Roo to Olive, re-emphasising the above.
"Funny thing. I imagined this place pretty often. Oh, of course I've never been here, it's just the reputation that's been built up among the boys. I reckon you could say it's almost famous up north."
Dowd on the house and the illusion that Roo and Barney have created for themselves to Bubba.
"I want what I had before. You give it back to me - give me back what you've taken."
Olive to Roo.
Belvoir Notes: Including a brief history, character list and synopsis.
Excellent resources on the world of the play.
Graeme Blundell- The Australian Sept 2 2011
Sydney Morning Herald October 9th 2011