The 7 Stages of Grieving

Roslyn Packer Theatre

Our 2020 production of The 7 Stages of Grieving was cancelled due to COVID-19. We're thrilled to bring it back in 2021.
Find details of the 2021 season here.


By Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman
Directed by Shari Sebbens

A powerful song of love, strength and survival

The 7 Stages of Grieving is a vibrant, funny 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. Twenty-five years later, in an updated and vivid new production, it’s as urgent and vital as ever.

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 resilience and survival, as well as humour, joy and strength. It’s an ode to the power of storytelling.

Making her directorial debut is Shari Sebbens, Sydney Theatre Company’s current Richard Wherrett fellow, with Helpmann Award-winner Elaine Crombie (Barbara and the Camp Dogs) tackling this performance tour de force with customary vivacity.

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

“Oi! Yeh, you with the hat! You can’t park here, eh! You’re taking up the whole bloody harbour! Just get in your boat and go!”

Approx. duration 1hr (no interval). Subject to change. More info.
Content None at this time. Subject to change. More info.


2020 Ticket Packages - book more and save!
A Season Ticket of 6+ plays saves you at least 20% on full price single tickets, with loads of flexibility and exclusive benefits through the year. Or book a Mini Package of 3 – 5 plays. More info.

Season Ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $48
Adult A Reserve $48
Seniors cardholder $48
Concession $48
Under 30 $45
Preview $45

Mini Package prices
Fri & Sat A Reserve $54
Adult A Reserve $54
Seniors cardholder $54
Concession $54
Under 30 $48
Preview $48

Single tickets
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $60
Seniors cardholder $60
Concession $60
Under 30 $50
All B Reserve $55

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $60
B Reserve $55

Preview performances
All tickets $50

Transaction fees may apply
Season Ticket bookings (packs of 6 or more plays): no fees
Single ticket bookings: $8 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

Authorised ticket sellers
The only authorised ticket sellers for this event are Sydney Theatre Company and Roslyn Packer Theatre. Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered valid and reliable. More info.