The grandfather of Australian theatre, Ray Lawler’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll for the first time put Australian actors, Australian accents and Australian stories on the national and international stage. In this rare interview Lawler talks openly about the writing, staging and touring of The Doll and acting the part of Barney. He explains the back story behind Barney, Roo and Olive placing these characters in their historical setting. He talks about his writing and re-writing process which generated The Doll Trilogy. He reveals why he never saw the US-made film version of the play.