Sunday, June 07, 2009

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

A shack from North Queensland, used as accommodation for cane cutters has been shipped to the Finnish Emigration Museum, to commemorate the role of Finnish immigrants in the sugar cane industry. However, as the play Summer of the Seventeenth Doll details, Australians returning from the cane fields to the south were treated as immigrants. Thursday night's opening performance of Lawler's 1995 play at the New Theatre in Sydney shows the relevance of the messages of alienation in 2008.

See also:

Books and plays by Ray Lawler

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Blogger Polly said...

Surely it is far more important as a comment on the way women are and were treated in Australian society, literature, writing and performance?

June 14, 2009 5:00 PM  

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