It’s wonderful to see the Queensland Theatre and Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe production touring nationally— and the UK tour is a real achievement.
Written 20 years ago by high-profile theatre maker Wesley Enoch (Sydney Festival’s Artistic Director, and QTC’s former Artistic Director) and the luminous and much loved actor and writer Deborah Mailman,The 7 Stages of Grieving is a sad, funny, culturally profound and moving everywoman show about the grief of Aboriginal people and the hope of reconciliation. Far north Queensland woman Chenoa Deemal’s extraordinary talent brings to life the personal tales of tragedy, celebration and survival experienced by a host of Indigenous people.
Tour dates are from 4 May – 17 June in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales, and internationally at the Origins Festival 2017 in London in June.
What the audience had to say:
‘Absolutely fantastic; (Chenoa Deemal) was brilliant to carry that off on her own — incredible’
‘She really connected with the audience — it was very real.’
‘An amazing experience!’
‘Chenoa Deemal is destined for big things…’
‘She absolutely owned it! From start to finish, she knew we were with her the whole way.’
And the critics:
‘… from any perspective this is a vital, throbbing piece of theatre in anybody’s cultural terms, and Chenoa Deemal’s performance is deadly; the text is flawless, the actor close to perfection, but what brings this play into the 21st century after 20 years, and redeems it from being just a period piece, is the direction and the staging.’Crikey
‘Ten seconds into Jason Klarwein’s magnificent new production ofThe 7 Stages of Grieving, and you’re hooked by the sense of history. Humble, decent and engaging, Deemal is the personification of the play’s inclusive message: that what drives superficial anger is, in reality, an enduring sense of grief.’The Australian
Director: Jason Klarwein
Designer: Jessica Ross
Lighting Designer: Daniel Anderson
Sound Designer: Justin Harrison
Cast: Chenoa Deemal