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Where: Forge Theatre & Arts Hub, 80 McKean Street, Bairnsdale, Lakes and Wilderness

Restrictions: All Ages

From the canefields to the city, an iconic Australian story of passion, bittersweet romance and the yearning for lost youth.

Plays and playwrights go in and out of fashion but some endure and speak to each subsequent generation. Ray Lawler's much loved tale of Queensland cane cutters and Melbourne barmaids has endured, not through nostalgia, nor because it spawned a new age in Australian writing, but because the characters and their dilemmas are so true, so beautifully observed, so humorous and so poignant.

A triumph at its 1955 Melbourne premiere, followed by a national tour and hugely successful season in London's West End where it won an award for best new play, this 2021 production of the Australian classic Summer of the Seventeenth Doll celebrates the 66th Anniversary of this iconic play.

For sixteen years two Queensland cane cutters have worked the punishing routine up north in the sugar cane fields for seven months of the year and travelled back to Melbourne to meet up for five months of partying and romance with their barmaid girlfriends. This seventeenth summer everything is different. One of the barmaids has 'settled down' and married a city bloke so a replacement date has had to be found. This 'off-season' proves challenging for them all.

Presented by East Gippsland's Performing Arts Centre, The Forge Theatre and Arts Hub as one of HIT Production's Australian Voice Tours for 2021, this production will be directed by the award-winning Denny Lawrence whose history with HIT includes many successful productions including Shirley Valentine, Always...Patsy Cline, Educating Rita, Glorious!, Hotel Sorrento and most recently, My Brilliant Divorce.

Suitable for 15 years and up. This play has adult themes and broaches issues of loyalty, friendship, tradition, idealisation versus reality and maturity.