Manand woman sitting next to each other looking out in the distance. the woman has her head on the mans shoulder

Summer of the 17th Doll – Performance Symposium

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 31 May 2022
Category Educational Symposium

Sport For Jove

Language is the fundamental tool in Lawler’s success in this great Australian play, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll – his language is our connection point and Lawler struck an almost revolutionary chord with his sharp, representative and idiosyncratic dialogue, replete with slang and local rhythms, and a daringly heightened and theatrical edge at times. Our Symposium gives students a powerful engagement with the language of this play and what makes it tick.

We dig beneath Lawler’s stripping away of artifice and the romantic idealism we attach to our identity, then and now, to help students recognise that identity is a changing, shifting, complex thing that cannot be pinned down to a relative past or clung to forever. Join us for an exploration of the great questions Lawler still confronts us with.

Sport for Jove’s Symposium gives students a powerful engagement with the language of this play and what makes it tick.

A must-have experience for young people studying the play.

Please note:
*1 teacher free per 10 students.

Performance Warnings
This performance contains coarse language, adult content, smoke haze, strobe lighting and the use of prop weapons.

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Curriculum Links and Resources
Download the Curriculum Links here: Summer of the 17th Doll Curriculum Links

Schools Bookings
1 teacher free for every 10 students booked.
For further information and to book please contact our Education Booking Coordinator on 02 8839 3308 or email, or fill in our Schools Bookings Form here.

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Dates and Times:

31 May 2022 at 2pm


2 hours and 30 minutes with a 15 minute interval

Ticket Prices

Students/Teachers* $30

Transaction fees apply

School Bookings $4.60

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