Thursday, 31 July 2008

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll


This image scanned from Ray Lawler's Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Reprint 1965.


ACT ONE

SCENE ONE


TIME: Early December.


It is five o'clock on a warm afternoon. The room of the play has a dressed-up look that is complementary to, and yet extending beyond, the usual decorative scheme. A table is heavily set for the big meal of the week, Sunday tea.

[At curtain rise, BUBBA RYAN, a dark, shy-looking girl of twenty-two, is busily tying wide blue ribbons to two of the red-and-white-striped candies known as walking-sticks. At the same time she is chatting with a touch of wispful authoritativeness to PEARL CUNNINGHAM, who is sitting smoking nearby on a sofa, ostensibly looking through a magazine, but listening rather suspiciously. PEARL is a biggish woman, well-corseted, with dyed red hair. She is a widow driven back to earning a living by the one job she knows well, that of barmaid, though she would infinitely prefer something more classy - head saleswoman in a frock salon, for instance. The pub game, she feels, is rather crude. She is wearing what she refers to as her "good black", with a double string of artifical pearls. Very discreet................


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