The 7 Stages of Grieving – Community Performance

24 May 2021

Wharf 1 Theatre



By Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman
Directed by Shari Sebbens

Monday 24 May, 7.30pm
Wharf 1 Theatre

Sydney Theatre Company invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to join us for a free community performance of The 7 Stages of Grieving, an iconic work of theatre about the history of Aboriginal Australia, and the spirit, strength, and resilience of First Nations communities.


For online bookings use the calendar and select the performance on Mon 24 May to book your free tickets.

To book by phone, call Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 during opening hours.

If you'd like to book tickets for a group of more than 10 people, please contact STC's Education Coordinator, Kaylee Hazell at


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.
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.


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: NSW Health strongly recommends that all audience members over 12 wear a mask in our foyers and theatres, including during the performance. Please bring a face mask with you

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