Wise, Poignant and Powerful Storytelling
By Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman

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The 7 Stages of Grieving will play Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres (Photo by Justin Harrison)

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-woman show, Chenoa Deemal (Queensland Theatre’s Mother Courage and Her Children) spins poignant stories of different people from different mobs – where tear-streaked tales of tragedy go hand-in-hand with jubilant celebrations of simple survival.

The production is based around seven different aspects of grief, telling seven different tales; encompassing family funerals, black displacement, the impact of European wars and other stories. The design elements are based on the environment of Chenoa’s youth: the rainbow coloured sands, the tropical rainforest, and the artworks of the local people.

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.

The 7 Stages of Grieving is a Queensland Theatre and The Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe production, presented by Riverside Theatres from 9-10th June 2017.

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Image from The 7 Stages of Grieving (Photo by Justin Harrison)

Director Jason Klarwein
Designer Jessica Ross
Lighting Designer Daniel Anderson
Sound Designer Justin Harrison
Cast Chenoa Deemal

When: 7.30pm on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th June. 2.15pm on Saturday 10th June
Tickets: Adult $42, Conc $37, 30 & Under $28. From the Box Office (02) 8839 3399 or
Transaction fees: phone $4.60, web $3.60 and counter $2.60
Discounts available for Riverside Theatres’ Members
Venue: Riverside Theatres – Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta