DISCLAIMER: This new edition is a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of this iconic work. The script remains unchanged in this 25th Anniversary Edition from the previous 2002 edition, however, new introductory material is included to talk to the impact of this play on different generations of Indigenous Australian Artists and the significant journey of working towards a First Nations treaty.
Read full notice to schools by VCAA, released on 12 August 2020 here.
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.
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.
FIRST PRODUCTION DETAILS
The 7 Stages of Grieving was first produced by Kooemba Jdarra and opened at the Metro Arts Theatre on 13 September, 1995. The 1996 tour with Performing Lines was made possible by the Federal Government’s national performing arts touring program — Playing Australia.
ISBN: 978 1 925338 96 6
Educational resources written by Kate Murphy are available for download from the Copyright Agency
"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
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