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Introducing the cast of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

Thursday 20 February 2020

Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll by Ray Lawler

Meet the cast of this upcoming Australian classic by Ray Lawler.

From the cane fields to the city, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is an iconic Australian story of passion, bittersweet romance and the yearning for lost youth.

Ray Lawler’s much loved tale, a classic piece in Australia's theatre history, celebrates it's 65th Anniversary with this production presented by Christine Harris & HIT Productions and directed by the award-winning Denny Lawrence. Featuring a talented cast, this is sure to be an evening not to be missed for theatre lovers of all ages! Don't miss your chance to see it at Frankston on Wednesday 11 March.


Rebecca Howell

Rebecca Howell - Pearl Cunningham

Rebecca has been performing professionally for more than 20 years and is a familiar face on television and film appearing in dramas, comedies and countless TV commercials. With a penchant for period pieces, one of her favourite roles to date was that of Peggy Turley in the miniseries, My Brother Jack.

This production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll heralds Rebecca's return the theatre having focussed on screen acting while her children were small. She feels privileged to be playing a role in this most iconic of Australian plays and to be part of such a talented team.


Bree-Anna Cummins

Bree-Anna Cummins - Bubba Ryan

Bree-Anna has been performing in musicals and playing piano for over half her life. Before her studies at Federation University Arts Academy began, she was nominated 'Best Supporting Actress in a Junior Production' by the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria for her role in Holiday Actors' Sweet Charity (2016/2017, Helene). As part of the Arts Academy's 2019 Graduating Company, the performing highlights of her degree include Denny Lawrence's The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Grusha), Beng Oh's Our Country's Good (Wisehammer) and James Pratt's The Comedy of Errors (Adriana/Courtesan). 

Ruth Caro

Ruth Caro - Olive Leach

Ruth is a graduate of the Ensemble Studios and her theatre credits include Rookery Nook (Marion St Theatre), The History of Theatre and Australian Drama (First Stage Theatre Co), Could Do Better, Monkey See Monkey Do (Toe Truck Theatre Co), The Glass Menagerie (The Phillip St Theatre), Illusions, Road, Simpson J 202 and A Shayna Maidel (Ensemble Theatre), Room To Move (Griffin Theatre Company) and the 2018 HIT Productions tour of Hotel Sorrento

Ruth has also appeared in many Aussie TV shows including A Country Practice, Home and Away, Big Sky, The Bodysurfers, Changi and All Saints. She narrated Bush School for the ABC.

Laura Gabriel

Laura Gabriel - Emma Leach

Laura has worked in theatre, TV, film, radio and voiceovers over many years.

Theatre credits include A Couple of Broken Hearts, When They Send Me Three and Fourpence and King Richard for Griffin Theatre, Gladbags, No Names, No Pack Drill, Buried Child, We Can’t Pay We Won’t Pay, Privates on Parade, On the Wallaby, Charlie’s Aunt, Happy End, Sweeney Todd, On Our Selection and Don’t Just Lie There, Say Something for Q Theatre, and numerous pub shows for Kirribilli Pub Theatre.

Television work includes The Restless Years, GP, A Country Practice, The Last Resort, Home & Away, Doctors Down Under, Over There, Ride On Stranger, Kingswood Country, Hey Dad, Homicide and Division 4.

Film work includes The Roly Poly Man, One Wild Weekend with the Lonesome Rustler, Blue and Cody 1.

Laura has worked extensively in radio drama and comedy, performing roles in many ABC radio plays. She was the announcer of Foxtel’s Hallmark Channel for 8 years, and has voiced many documentaries and government health campaigns, as well as radio and TV commercials. She has also read audiobooks and played numerous characters in animated films.

She is a proud member of Actors Equity and until recently was Treasurer of the Actors Benevolent Fund NSW for the past 5 years.

Arthur Angel

Arthur Angel – Barney Ibbot

Arthur has worked as an actor in film, television and stage that spans over 25 years. Most significantly he has appeared in major roles in films like Van Diemen’s Land, Ghost Rider, Red Dog, Chronicles Of Narnia and the award winning indie West Of Sunshine to name a few.

Arthur’s on-screen television experience reads as a comprehensive list of Australian TV Including Mystery Road, Wildside, Police Rescue, Stingers to Underbelly and Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries. Arthur’s most recent stage appearance was Red Stitch’s Australian premier of Pomona.

 Neil Pigot

Neil Pigot – Roo Webber

Neil Pigot is an accomplished actor who has worked across all areas of performance. His notable theatre work includes the one-man play Thom Pain, The Realistic Joneses, Frost/Nixon, Dinner, and A Single Act. Other theatre appearances include a national tour of Weary in the title role and the lead in When The Rain Stops Falling for the Adelaide Arts Festival and subsequent seasons in Sydney and Melbourne.

Neil has appeared in many of Australia’s best-loved TV shows, including Secret City, The Kettering Incident, Dr Blake, Miss Fisher, Rush, Neighbours, Stingers, The Secret Life of Us, and Blue Heelers in the ongoing role of Inspector Falcon-Price. He has also appeared in the mini-series The Society Murders. His comic flair has been showcased on Laid, Back Berner, The Games and The Adventures of Lano and Woodley.

Recently, Neil has been able to express his passion for Australian war history through regular appearances as the presenter on a number of documentaries for Foxtel – Anzac Battlefields, Breaker Morant, Anzac Spirit, For Valour and The Digger.

Nominated for AFI and Green Room awards on numerous occasions, Neil’s recent film credits include Australia Day, Red Dog, Oranges and Sunshine, Lucky Country, Blessed, The Condemned, and The Dish. Neil would also be known to Melbourne listeners as a semi-regular co-host of ABC radio’s “The Conversation Hour”.

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Adam Hetherington – Johnnie Dowd

Adam is a graduate of the National Theatre Drama School. During his time at the Nat he played in productions of The Crucible and The Man Who Came To Dinner. In his final year, he was cast in Harvey Fierstein’s International Stud at the Butterfly Club and Stephen Belber’s TAPE at the Courthouse Hotel.

Since graduating he has filmed extensively with Sportsbet on a variety of online/TV content, and TVC’s for Baker’s Delight and Cougar Bourbon. He has also been a part of Short and Sweet, Melbourne Fringe festival, and the Madwomen Monologues. Recently he worked on award winning web series Fresh and newly premiered Girl Interpreted. He also can be seen on Channel 10’s Playing for Keeps and the upcoming Informer 3838.

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll will be presented by Christine Harris & HIT Productions at Frankston Arts Centre on Wednesday 11 March. For more information and bookings, click here.

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