The 7 Stages of Grieving

21 May — 19 Jun 2021

Wharf 1 Theatre


Last minute tickets may become available on the day.

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


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.


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.


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Adult A Reserve $54
Seniors cardholder $54
Pensioner/Student $54
Under 30 $44
Preview $44

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Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $57
Adult B Reserve $55
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Under 30 $46

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Preview performances
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Mon – Thu performances
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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.
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