Written 20 years ago by Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman, The 7 Stages of Grieving has become a vital piece in the Australian theatrical cannon. Studied by thousands of students and hailed as a contemporary classic, the play explores the grief of Aboriginal people and their hopes for reconciliation.
Chenoa Deemal stars in this one-everywoman show, sharing poignant stories from across the phases of Aboriginal history and across its many mobs. Some are tales of devastation, others joyous testimonials of survival and triumph. What binds them is their purity of purpose – to invite people, Aboriginal or otherwise, to join in a journey of discovery and healing.
“...from any perspective this is a vital, throbbing piece of theatre in anybody’s cultural terms, and Chenoa Deemal’s performance is deadly. The text
is flawless, the actor close to perfection, but what brings this play into the 21 st century after 20 years, and redeems it from being just a period
piece, is the direction and staging.”