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Summer of The Seventeenth Doll- Rondo Theatre- Theatre Bath

Core Theatre Productions are proud to announce their next production will be ‘Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Ray Lawler to be performed at the Rondo Theatre in Bath from Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th February 2015.

The play is a dramatic tragedy set in Australia, in a suburb of Melbourne and it details the events of the summer of 1953, in the lives of six central characters.  The summer that the story spans marks the seventeenth year of an annual tradition, wherein two sugarcane cutters, Barney and Roo travel south to Melbourne for five months of fun, frivolity and celebration with two city women, Olive and Nancy.

It becomes obvious that this summer is different from others; it is full of tension and strains to recreate lost youth.  From what is said of previous years, it is not a fraction of the fun that the others have been.  Nancy is absent, having married a ‘dependable’ bookkeeper and Olive has tried to replace her in the proceedings with her friend Pearl.  When Roo and Barney arrive, their relationship is simmering with resentment and betrayal.

First performed in 1955, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll quickly became an iconic play in Australia, and Core are thrilled to be bringing this classic to the Rondo for the first time.

Director, Arwen Beaton, says “Ray Lawler explores our desire to maintain the status quo; a human condition we all share, and a timeless theme that strikes a chord with us all.  He shines a light on our reluctance to let go of the past, often viewed through rose-coloured glasses.  I first saw ‘The Doll’ nearly thirty years ago, and it has resonated with me ever since.  I am very proud to be working with such a talented cast and production team in bringing this to the audiences of Bath”.

Core Theatre Productions is a non-professional community theatre company based in Bath.  We recently celebrated our 10th anniversary and we’re proud of our continuing reputation for producing entertaining, quality theatre.  Our members come from a variety of backgrounds including students and experienced amateurs, to those who have never stepped foot on stage but have always ‘wanted to give it a go’.  We hold open auditions for all of our productions and our casts are based on the requirements of the production, so everyone auditioning has an equal chance at being cast, regardless of how long they have been a member with us or how much experience they have.  The Bath Chronicle said “The excellent cast don’t miss a beat” on our 2013 production of Dancing at Lughnasa. 

The Rondo Theatre in Larkhall is one of the busiest and most atmospheric small theatres in England.  According to the Itchy Guide to Bath, it is a theatre worth tracking down “If you like your theatre informal but still with quality productions.  You get a feeling of belonging to a special club when you watch a play here as the…seating is only a few feet from the stage.