Aussie classic returns

Sophia ConstantinePilbara News
Amy Mathews as Olive and Kelton Pell as Roo in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.
Camera IconAmy Mathews as Olive and Kelton Pell as Roo in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. Credit: Cameron Etchells.

Two Pilbara venues will play host to an Australian theatre classic direct from the State Theatre Centre of WA when it simulcasts the Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll on Friday, May 18.

Tom Price Arts and Cultural Centre and Wickham Picture Gardens are among 15 regional venues which will have access to the play — dubbed one of the most significant in Australian theatre history.

The performance, set in 1950s working class Melbourne, tells the story of two mates who experience passion, disappointment and heartbreak.

It features a stellar line-up of actors including Jacob Allan, Michael Cameron, Mackenzie Dunn, Vivienne Garrett, Amy Mathews, Kelton Pell and Alison van Reeken.

Black Swan executive director Natalie Jenkins said the simulcast was an enjoyable opportunity to share a Statewide live performance to allow regional communities to experience high-quality theatre from the comfort of their own homes or communities.

“The live broadcast provides a great social and cultural opportunity for rural, regional and remote communities demonstrating that high-quality live theatre performances can be delivered to all West Australians, no matter where they live,” she said.

Lotterywest chief executive Susan Hunt said the organisation was proud people in regional communities would have the opportunity to experience high-quality live theatre without travelling to the city.

Tom Price audiences can buy tickets for $5 by contacting

Fore more information about the Wickham simulcast, visit

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