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THE 7 STAGES OF GRIEVING

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Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman’s The 7 Stages of Grieving is a proud milestone in Australian theatre history; a contemporary Indigenous performance text from the highly acclaimed Kooemba Jdarra.

Appropriating western forms whilst using traditional storytelling, it gives emotional insight into Murri life. This one-woman show follows the journey of an Aboriginal ‘Everywoman’ as she tells poignant and humorous stories of grief and reconciliation. A powerful, demanding and culturally profound text, The 7 Stages of Grieving is a celebration of Indigenous survival, an invitation to grieve publicly, a time to exorcize pain. It has a universal theme told through the personal experiences of one incredible character.

My life lesson from this play is that being strong isn’t about repressing the past or repressing pain. It’s about accepting it and pushing through despite it. Grieving is a process, a metamorphosis.” — Ursula Yovich, a multi award-winning First Nation actor and singer from the Burarra language group in the Maningrida nation in North West Arnhem Land.

for me the play still has resonance, invoking important questions regarding our history, our present situation, and possible futures for Aboriginal Australians.” — Dr. Liza-Mare Syron, an award-winning First Nations academic from the Birripi people of the mid-north coast NSW.

The story is a gift. I dare say it has inspired many Australian playwright and given insight to thousands of young people coming through our school system.” — Wayne Blair, an acclaimed First Nation director, writer, and actor from the Butchala Nation.

  • monologue, drama, memory
  • 60
  • 1 total
  • 1 female identifying
  • history, gender, women, people of colour
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Playlab


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An Aboriginal Woman

Female | Unspecified | over 10 minutes
Starts on page 25

EXTRACT: In this suitcase lies the photos of those who are dead, the nameless ones and here they lie, passing the time till they can be talked of again. Without a word we remove the photo of my Nana from her commanding position on the wall and quietly slip her beneath the walnut finish. And without a sound push her into the shadow./Everything has its time... Everything has its time...


REVIEW: SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY, 2008

JAMES WAITES, AUSTRALIANSTAGE.COM.AU

"The form is as simple in structure as theatre can get, but no less affecting for that."

REVIEW: STATE THEATRE COMPANY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA, 2010

BEN MYLIUS, LOWDOWN.NET.AU

"This is one of 7 Stages’ greatest achievements: that it reminds its audience of the power and truth of stories."

REVIEW: SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY, 2008

DIANA SIMMONDS, STAGENOISE.COM

"An enduring work of theatre, politics and human story-telling."

PERFORMANCE NOTES FOR EDUCATORS

QTC / EDUCATION QUEENSLAND

Produced by Queensland Theatre Company and Education Queensland for the QTC education performance of The 7 Stages of Grieving.

THE MAILMAN EXPRESS

JACQUI TAFFEL, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 2002

"There's a lot of feelings that don't take much time to come to the surface, in terms of dealing with death... It gives me another level to play on, in that respect, in terms of my personal family story."

THE RETURN SEASON OF 'THE 7 STAGES OF GRIEVING'

KIM GOODEAR, ARTSHUB.COM.AU

"In talking with Mailman, it is obvious that the production is very close to her own experiences as an Aboriginal woman, and although she notes that the work is not autobiographical it certainly addresses themes that she is familiar with."

INTERVIEW: WESLEY ENOCH

KATE FOY, GREENROOM, 2011

The Greenroom's Kate Foy talks with Wesley Enoch following his first twelve months at the helm of Qeensland Theatre Company.

REVIEW: SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY, 2002

STEPHEN DUNNE, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, AUGUST 2002

"Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman's 7 Stages is an established masterpiece."

THE RETURN SEASON OF 'THE 7 STAGES OF GRIEVING'

KIM GOODEAR, ARTSHUB.COM.AU, AUGUST 2002

"Through an ever-evolving creative process, Mailman and Enoch embarked on a course that involved exchanging a wide variety of ideas."

INDIGENOUS ART: COLLABORATION AND INNOVATION

KEITH GALLASCH, REALTIME #67, JUNE-JULY 2005

"My own writing is a natural extension of my relationship with the work on the floor. I’m more of a director than a writer."

STC TEACHER'S RESOURCE KIT

SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY

PDF download (156KB) Includes production notes, a media release and education resources from the 2008 STC touring production of The 7 Stages of Grieving

ATSI GUIDELINES FOR DRAMA/THEATRE EDUCATION

DRAMA AUSTRALIA

The preparation of this document was commissioned by Drama Australia to foster access and participation in learning, taking in the broader context of Indigenous educational perspectives and redefining their relevance in the study of Contemporary Indigenou

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