The 7 Stages of Grieving

A vivid new production of a potent Australian classic about love, strength, resilience and survival.

Wharf 1 Theatre

The Play


By Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman
Directed by Shari Sebbens

A testament to love, family and resilience

The 7 Stages of Grieving is a vibrant and insightful account of what it means to be an Aboriginal woman in contemporary Australia. On its premiere in 1995 it became an early triumph for Deborah Mailman and Wesley Enoch, and a beloved classic of Australian theatre.

A woman stands alone on stage. Over one gripping hour, she traces seven phases of Aboriginal history – Dreaming, Invasion, Genocide, Protection, Assimilation, Self-Determination, and Reconciliation. Mailman and Enoch’s script is a potent expression of strength and survival, as well as humour and joy. It’s an ode to the power of storytelling.

Resident Director Shari Sebbens makes her STC directorial debut with this moving and vital work. Helpmann Award-winner Elaine Crombie tackles this tour de force performance with her distinctive warmth and vivacity.

In an exciting update, brand new scenes have been added with Enoch and Mailman to offer a contemporary perspective on what has changed in the 26 years since the play first opened, and how far we still have to go.

The 7 Stages of Grieving’s generosity of spirit is set to be embraced by a whole new generation.

Approx. duration 1hr (no interval). Subject to change. More info.

• Dramatic Forms and Performance Styles: Aboriginal Performance/ Scripted Drama

• Individual Project: Monologues
• Contemporary Australian Theatre Practice
• Improvisation, Playbuilding and Acting
• Elements of Production in Performance

• Deaths in Custody
• Stolen Generations
• Culture and Identity


100% audience capacity: STC is performing at 100% capacity in line with the current NSW Government Public Health Order. We encourage you to consider your comfort levels in a busy theatre setting before attending.

Face masks are strongly recommended: all audience members over 12 are strongly advised to wear a mask inside the auditorium.

The situation is constantly evolving and safety measures may change before your performance. Please check the most up-to-date Visitor Safety Measures prior to your visit.


Tues 1 Jun, 11.30am
Wed 9 Jun, 11.30am
Tues 15 Jun, 11.30am
Wed 16 Jun, 11.30am

Term 2 
21 May - 19 Jun

Approx. duration 1hr (no interval). Subject to change. More info

1 teacher attends free with up to 20 students and 1 teacher free per 20 students after that
$35/additional teacher
$15/PSFP student

Director Shari Sebbens
Designer Elizabeth Gadsby
Lighting & AV Designer Verity Hampson
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Francis
Assistant Director Ian Michael

Elaine Crombie

The set of The 7 Stages of Grieving was designed in consultation and collaboration with Megan Cope and is inspired by her RE FORMATION series of works.

Marketing image Rene Vaile

This listing is updated as cast and creatives are confirmed in the lead-up to the production, and if there are any changes to the team. Ensure you have the most up-to-date information about each play by opting in to our enewsletter.

Education resources for The 7 Stages of Grieving are available here
A special webinar for The 7 Stages of Grieving featuring director Shari Sebbens and playwright Wesley Enoch will be held on Zoom on the 17 Jun. For more info or to book, head here

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