The 7 Stages of Grieving | Queensland Theatre

In a nutshell

A wise and powerful play about the grief of Aboriginal people and the hope of reconciliation

Remaining a vital masterwork 20 years after it was penned by Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman, The 7 Stages of Grieving is a wise and powerful play about the grief of Aboriginal people and the hope of reconciliation. In this one-everywoman show, Chenoa Deemal (Queensland Theatre's Mother Courage and Her Children, St. Mary's in Exile) spins poignant stories of different people from different mobs – tear-streaked tales of tragedy go hand-in-hand with jubilant celebrations of simple survival.

Funny, devastatingly sad, politically relevant and culturally profound as it traverses the phases of Aboriginal history, The 7 Stages of Grieving is an invitation to face hard truths, to join hands and grieve. It shares true and personal stories that need to keep being told. And perhaps most importantly, it opens a dialogue about the issues that separate and unite Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

“Watching that hit such an emotional chord, it stayed with me for years. Seeing a visual representation of a beautiful and established culture suddenly wiped clear with the stroke of a hand was emotionally jarring and brought to my attention how powerful theatre can be.” Chenoa Deemal

    Queensland Theatre

    Technical Specifications

    Australian International

    A Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe and Queensland Theatre Company Co-Production

    Touring Party: 3

    Duration: 55 mins (no interval)

    Royalty: 17%

    Ideal Stage size: 8mW x 8MD x 5 MH (adaptable for the most performance spaces)

    Ideal Seating Style :Racked (set consists of concentric circles best seen from slightly above)

    For more information please contact

    Laurel Collins
    Queensland Theatre
    (Programming Project Officer)
    P: AUS +61 7 3010 7606
    M: AUS +61 434 005 084

    Kellie Lazarus
    Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe
    (General Manager)
    M: AUS +61 7 31616926

    Director: Jason Klarwein

    Designer: Jessica Ross

    Lighting Designer: Daniel Anderson

    Sound Designer: Justin Harrison

    Cast: Chenoa Deemal

    Contains low level coarse language, flashing lights, a complete black-out and fog effects