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

SOLD OUT

Last minute tickets may become available on the day.

★★★★ Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★ The Guardian

THE 7 STAGES OF GRIEVING

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.
Production note Contains use of eucalyptus smoke
Content This performance depicts cultural genocide, racial abuse and trauma, and police brutality. This performance contains the names and voices of people who have passed away. If you or someone you know needs information or support, Beyond Blue and Wellmob has a list of resources and organisations that are there to help.


VISITOR SAFETY INFORMATION

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 mandatory: Audience members 12+ are required to wear a mask at all times during the performance. We ask that you also wear masks in our venue foyers and walkways unless eating or drinking. Please bring a face mask with you.

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.


TICKET INFORMATION

2021 Act 2 Ticket Packages
Book an Act 2 Season Ticket of 4+ plays and get best value on tickets, get first access to best available seats, pay no transaction fees, and enjoy exclusive benefits all year round.
Or book a Mini Package of 2 or 4 plays to get a taste of the season, pay no transaction feeds, and save on tickets. 

Season Ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $54
Adult A Reserve $54
Seniors cardholder $54
Pensioner/Student $54
Under 30 $44
Preview $44

Mini Package prices
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $57
Adult B Reserve $55
Seniors cardholder $57
Pensioner/Student $57
Under 30 $46

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $57
B Reserve $55

Preview performances
All tickets $46

Single tickets
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $60
B Reserve $57
Seniors cardholder $60
Concession $60
Under 30 $49

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $60
B Reserve $57

Preview performances
All tickets $49

Restricted view seats $40*
*These seats have an impeded view of the stage and certain scenes.
Please call Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 with any questions.

Transaction fees may apply
Act 2 Season Ticket and Mini Package bookings: no fees
Single ticket bookings: $8 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

DATES

Previews 21 – 24 May 2021
Season 26 May – 19 Jun 2021

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

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


TICKET INFORMATION

2021 Act 2 Ticket Packages
Book an Act 2 Season Ticket of 4+ plays and get best value on tickets, get first access to best available seats, pay no transaction fees, and enjoy exclusive benefits all year round.
Or book a Mini Package of 2 or 4 plays to get a taste of the season, pay no transaction feeds, and save on tickets. 

Season Ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $54
Adult A Reserve $54
Seniors cardholder $54
Pensioner/Student $54
Under 30 $44
Preview $44

Mini Package prices
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $57
Adult B Reserve $55
Seniors cardholder $57
Pensioner/Student $57
Under 30 $46

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $57
B Reserve $55

Preview performances
All tickets $46

Single tickets
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $60
B Reserve $57
Seniors cardholder $60
Concession $60
Under 30 $49

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $60
B Reserve $57

Preview performances
All tickets $49

Restricted view seats $40*
*These seats have an impeded view of the stage and certain scenes.
Please call Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 with any questions.

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
Act 2 Season Ticket bookings: 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. More info

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


SCHOOLS DAYS

Tue 1 Jun 11.30am
Wed 9 Jun 11.30am
Tue 15 Jun 11.30am
Wed 16 Jun 11.30am
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Director Shari Sebbens
Designer Elizabeth Gadsby
Lighting & AV Designer Verity Hampson
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Francis
Assistant Director Ian Michael

With 
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.

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 17 May 6.15pm
Wharf 2 Theatre
FREE, but bookings are essential as capacity is limited.
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Night with the Artists
Mon 31 May, post-show
Mon 7 Jun, post-show

Matinee Club
Wed 2 Jun 12pm
Neilson Family Gallery

COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE

Sydney Theatre Company invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and employees of Indigenous organisations to join us for a free community performance.

Mon 24 May, 7.30pm
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THE 7 ACTIONS OF HEALING

The 7 Stages of Grieving first premiered at Metro Arts in Brisbane, back in 1995, though Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman had been working on it for years before. In 2008 Wesley and Deborah added material to update the play, reflecting changes and developments that had taken place within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander politics and communities and in the wider Australian community during the intervening years. Now, with Wesley and Deborah’s blessing, our director Shari Sebbens, Assistant Director Ian Michael and performer Elaine Crombie have added more new material to this landmark piece of theatre. Justice and equality are not destinations that we can arrive at, they are ongoing processes that will continue to grow and to change as we learn more about our history and more about ourselves.

View The 7 Actions for Healing as presented in the epilogue of this production: 

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