The 7 Stages of Grieving
A wise and powerful play of grief and the hope of reconciliation
Remaining a vital masterwork 20 years after it was penned; this new adaption is a wise and powerful play about the grief of Aboriginal people and the hope of reconciliation. In this one-everywoman show, Chenoa Deemal (Mother Courage and Her Children) spins poignant stories of different people from different mobs, tear-streaked tales of tragedy go hand-in-hand with jubilant celebrations of simple survival.
... from any perspective this is a vital, throbbing piece of theatre in anybody's cultural terms, and Chenoa Deemal's performance is deadly. The text is flawless, the actor close to perfection, but what brings this play into the 21st century after 20 years, and redeems it from being just a period piece, is the direction and staging.
Ten seconds into Jason Klarwein's magnificent new production of The 7 Stages of Grieving, and you're hooked by the sense of history. Humble, decent and engaging, Deemal is the personification of the play's inclusive message: that what drives superficial anger is, in reality, an enduring sense of grief.