Youth, Maturity, and Growing Up Themes and Colors LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Roo and Barney, who work as sugarcane cutters in the bush seven months out of the year, spend their five non-working months the "layoff season" with Olive and Nancy, engaging in all manner of youthful shenanigans. Reality For the past sixteen years, Barney, Roo, Olive, and Nancy have idealized the layoff season, the five months of each year that they spend lounging, drinking, going out, and having sex. They value this time beyond measure and without any sense that their lifestyle is shallow, immature, or possibly damaging in the long run.
Not only did the set effectively add to the authenticity of the production, it also gave the actors important sentimental effects to use throughout the performances.
Costuming was skilfully used in The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, all items of costuming were true to the era and gave further insight into each character. The free flowing and well-worn clothes of Olive gave the audience insight into her thoughts and way of life. They represented her openness and simple way of life.
The tightness of her clothing symbolised the way Pearl held information of her past, close and hid some parts completely. Also noteworthy is the style of the clothing she wore. Always being dressed to dine as it were, Pearl seemed to being putting up a facade by the way she dressed; while on the outside she seemed glamorous and sophisticated, she was suffering from intense internal struggle.
Not only was costuming and set design used ffectively, the implementation of sensory stimulus and lighting was also successful in creating a scene audience members could relate to. During breakfast the smell of bacon could be smelt by members of the audience and this added another dimension to the performance.
In allowing the audience to not only hear and know that bacon was cooking but also smell it, a highly realistic ambiance was created. A subtle but effective technique used in the play was lighting. As each day began or night fell, the light in the house would slowly fade, so to resemble that of any normal day.
However on the Summer of the Seventeenth Doll set, this was done to such an extent that the audience saw no visible change at any particular point, mimicking the subtlety of natural light growth or diminishment. Throughout Summer of The Seventeenth Doll relationships develop, change and end.
The first of these is the relationship between Olive and Roo. At the beginning of their performance, both Roo and Olive are very much in love; Olive waits with baited breath to greet her summer love and takes great pleasure in describing how the encounter will occur.
In doing this she very quickly and effectively enlightens the audience about the past sixteen summers. This highlighted the routine of the summers, for the past sixteen years everything had always stayed the same; giving the audience context as to why the change Olive is affected so much.
Each of the characters had different relationships with one another, which emphasized the effective use of the human context within the elements of drama.
Olive and Pearl had a somewhat odd friendship at the beginning of the play, Olive tried desperately to make her standard of life seem fit to the much more classy Pearl.
We learn her husband has left her and she has a problem daughter. Neil Armfield was highly successful in implementing the elements of drama, especially those of movement, mood, language and tension. All characters within Summer of the Seventeenth Doll created realistic mood to portray their respective characters.
When juxtaposed to the mood of the previous sixteen summers, the audience was able to see from the beginning that this summer was going to be different; through strong use of mood it was clear that this would be the last of the summers.
While movement was in the most part realistic, the actors did lapse in this area occasionally; this was most evident in the fight scene between Roo and Barney.
However the most prominent dramatic element used by the actors was tension. Upon returning from the cane fields Roo and Barney had underlying tension in their relationship. Roo was hiding something from Olive, which Barney thought he should share.
This in part was the begining of the end; as it symbolised the loss of openness and love. Equally, we see the development of the character Bubba, whom at first appears to be very naive.
Despite this we see her develop a different relationship with her neighbours and slowly begin to see them in a new more judgmental light. Not only did this highlight the development of Bubba, but the downhill slide of the seventeenth summer, as it becomes less and less like it used to be.
Relationships in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll are key in the central idea of the performance and the QTC was successful in portraying these complex human emotions.
The sub plots in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll were crucial to the development of a realistic performance.
Over the course of the play sub plots developed and continued. One of these was that of the relationship between Roo and Barney. This enlightened the audience of underlying happenings in the cane fields of the preceding winter.
Before Roo confronted Olive, an argument between himself and Barney brought to the attention of the audience that something was amiss. Crucial to the performance this enlightenment gives the audience enough background knowledge to make judgements on each character and the play as a whole.
In addition to this sub-plot, the character of Emma was fundamental in the overview of the performance. Emma held the point of view of someone who knew exactly what was going on as well as knowing the people very well.
This was done in such a way that positioned the audience to think this summer was not the first to be plagued with problems and this can be said because Emma always held a note of frustration in her voice when conveying her wisdom.Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Ray Lawler – HSC English Module A Introduction Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Ray Lawler is a drama text within the “Experience Through Language” Module A (Elective 1 – Distinctive Voices) in the HSC English Standard course.
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is an Australian play written by Ray Lawler and first performed at the Union Theatre in Melbourne, Australia, on 28 November The play is considered to be the most significant in Australian Adaptations: Season of Passion, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is an Australian play written by Ray Lawler and first performed at the Union Theatre in Melbourne, Australia, on 28 November 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.
The presentation of the seventeenth doll to Olive by Roo focuses us on potential for the ongoing happiness of the relationships, but already we can see that this summer will be different from every other. Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, by Ray Lawler was a ‘bottling’ performance.
A highly effective use of lighting, set design, props and additional sensory stimulus; were powerful tools in creating a realistic production. Ray Lawler was thrust into prominence when his play Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, in which he appeared in the role of Barney, became a hit for the Union Theatre Repertory Company in , and subsequently toured with enormous success throughout Australia and to monstermanfilm.com: Ray Lawler.