THEMES: Grieving, death, Indigenous people, aboriginality
CHARACTER AGES: Any age
SYNOPSIS This 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.
PRODUCTION HISTORY The 7 Stages of Grieving premiered at the Sydney Theatre Company in August, 2002 and was directed by Wesley Enoch, starring Deborah Mailman. It has since toured nationally.