“There’s a time for sowing and there’s a time for reaping.”

"There's a time for sowing and there's a time for reaping."

“There’s a time for sowing and there’s a time for reaping.”

MILLS/GOLDSWORTHY

SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEENTH DOLL

HER MAJESTY’S THEATRE

14 Nov – 20 Nov

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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.

The opera was commissioned by the Victoria State Opera and premiered in 1996. Opera Australia subsequently presented the work in 1999.
PRE-SHOW DINING + DRINKS

CAST

Olive Antoinette Halloran
Pearl
Dimity Shepherd
Emma Elizabeth Campbell
Roo Joshua Rowe
Barney Bradley Daley
Bubba Desiree Frahn
Johnny Dowd Nicholas Cannon

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

CREATIVES

Conductor Richard Mills
Director Joseph Mitchell
Design Simone Romaniuk
Lighting Design Trudy Dalgleish

Suitability
PG


English


Hearing Loop


Accessible Venue

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State Opera is so proud of partners @shinglebackwine and their phenomenal results today at the McLaren Vale Wine Show. Congratulations πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

Posted @withregram β€’ @shinglebackwine WOW! ...What a day!! We just won 8 TROPHIES at the McLaren Vale Wine Show! We couldnt be more grateful... 

πŸ† 2020 MOST SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITOR 
5 years in a row!! 

πŸ† BEST SHIRAZ
Shingleback Davey Estate Shiraz 2019

πŸ† BEST SINGLE VINEYARD SHIRAZ
Shingleback Davey Estate Shiraz 2019

πŸ† BEST SHIRAZ ONE-YEAR-OLD OR YOUNGER
Shingleback Davey Estate Shiraz 2019

πŸ† BEST SHIRAZ TWO-YEARS-OLD
Shingleback The Gate Shiraz 2018

πŸ† BEST SHIRAZ THREE-YEARS OLD OR OLDER
Shingleback Davey Estate Shiraz 2017

πŸ† BEST CLASSIC AUSTRALIAN BLEND
Shingleback The Gate Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2018

πŸ† BEST SINGLE VINEYARD VITICULTURIST
Our very own Paul Rowdy Mathews

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You'll see Kewpie dolls all over the set of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.

Every layoff season, Roo brings Olive a kewpie doll, holding onto the dolls keeps Olive from having to face the reality that the layoff seasons of her youth are over.
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Youll see Kewpie dolls all over the set of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. 

Every layoff season, Roo brings Olive a kewpie doll, holding onto the dolls keeps Olive from having to face the reality that the layoff seasons of her youth are over.

7 days ago

State Opera South Australia

Week 1 of rehearsals for Summer of the 17th doll done and dusted!

Tickets still available for Summer of the Seventeenth Doll at Her Majesty's Theatre 14-20 November: stateopera.com.au/productions/summer-of-the-seventeenth-doll/

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Summer of the 17th Doll. ....... what memories. It must be 40 years since seeing it for the first time.

Can’t wait to see and hear this terrific cast! πŸŽΆπŸŽ‰

Love the set. Can’t wait to see it.

Looks fabulous

Fantastic!

Looking forward to this.

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Part of the thrill of Seventeenth Doll, like any great opera, is the ensemble writing for the singers - Anthony Hunt Delves into the ensemble writing in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Richard Mills.

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll comes to Her Majesty's Theatre from 14-20 November: stateopera.com.au/productions/summer-of-the-seventeenth-doll/
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