Director of the Summer of the Seventeenth Doll
“Ray Noonan is the director of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll and has been a member of MATES/MTG since 2003 following an extensive theatre portfolio in New South Wales. Ray has directed both dramas and comedies for the group, starting with the thriller Wait Until Dark (2004) and the comedy There Goes The Bride (2006).
In 2008, Ray directed the World Premier of a local play A Mid Life Crisis – by local writer Margaret Dakin – prior to directing the first of his award-winning productions, The Eulogy. The Eulogy won 3rd prize at the Sandgate Drama Festival in 2012. Ray’s award-winning one-act plays continued in 2013 with the powerful drama The Great Dark, which won the Adjudicator’s Choice prize at the Redland’s drama festival, DramaFest.
Earlier this year, Ray directed our production of Australia Day, which was performed at the Redland Museum in Cleveland as well as Magda Community Artz in Bardon.
As an actor, Ray has appeared in musicals (non-singing parts), dramas and comedies with the group; starting in 2003 when he was Officer O’Rielly in Ma Baker’s Tonic. Ray played the lovable, yet tormented, Josef in the thriller Strictly Murder (2009), and more recently he played the golf-mad Grandpa in Death by Golf (2014).
Ray also combines his contributions as a director and an actor with his role on the management committee of MTG where Ray is the current Vice-President and chair of our Future Productions sub-committee.”