The 7 Stages of Grieving

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

Roslyn Packer Theatre

The Play

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.

 

THE 7 STAGES OF GRIEVING

 

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.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

 

2020 Ticket Packages - book more and save!
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.

 

 

EVENT CANCELLED 

 

In the interest of public health and safety, our forthcoming season of The 7 Stages of Grieving has been cancelled. More info

 

DATES

 

Previews 23 – 25 May 2020
Season 27 May – 13 Jun 2020

 

Performance start times
Preview performances 7.30pm
In-season evening performances Mon 6.30pm; Wed – Sat 7.30pm
Matinee performances Wed 1pm; Sat 1.30pm
Schools performance 11.30am

 

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

 

TICKET INFORMATION

 

2020 Ticket Packages - book more and save!
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

 

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

 

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

 

Concession, seniors and under 30 tickets
Suitable and valid identification must be provided for collection of tickets and at the venue, such as your concession or proof of age card. Alternatively, you may email a copy of your identification to [email protected]. Please quote your booking reference number.

 

Access requirements
For specific access requirements, please call Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 to book your seats.

 

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.

 

SCHOOLS SHOWS

 

Thu 4 Jun 11.30am
Tue 9 Jun 11.30am
Thu 11 Jun 11.30am

 

Browse our full Education program

 

 

Director Shari Sebbens
Designer Elizabeth Gadsby
Associate Designer Tyler Ray Hawkins
Lighting and AV Designer Verity Hampson
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Francis

 

With
Elaine Crombie

 

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.

 

 

INSIGHT EVENTS

 

We offer a range of free and ticketed events designed to give you further insight into our plays. Find out more about our Insight Events.

 

Pre-season Briefing
Mon 18 May 6.45pm
Richard Wherrett Studio
FREE, but bookings are essential as capacity is limited.
Book tickets

 

Night with the Artists
Mon 8 Jun post-show

 

Matinee Club
Wed 10 Jun 12pm

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