The 7 Stages of Grieving

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State Theatre Company South Australia presents the Sydney Theatre Company production

By Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman

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We regret to announce that due to the closure of the Adelaide Festival Centre, we are obliged to cancel this season of The 7 Stages of Grieving.

This decision has been made with respect to the federal and state governments’ public health advice in dealing with the risk of spreading novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please see our announcement for further details.

I guess we can't go back now.

One woman walks onstage to tell the stories of her people. Stories of survival. Of heartbreak. Of loss and of love. It is her story and she’s giving it to you.

Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman’s The 7 Stages of Grieving is an Australian masterpiece. In this reimagined production directed by Shari Sebbens, Helpmann Award-winner Elaine Crombie paints a rich portrait of the different phases of Aboriginal history in what is sure to be another of her tour de force performances.

Defiantly funny and deeply moving, The 7 Stages of Grieving is an invitation to join hands, to grieve, to reflect on our past and look to the future.

Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman are two of our greatest theatre minds. This classic and beloved Australian play should be revived every year as far as I’m concerned. Part-theatre, part-ceremony, part-meditation, this is a virtuoso vehicle for an actress. We’re lucky to have one of the best in the divine Elaine Crombie. Mitchell

The 7 Stages of Grieving contains coarse language and adult themes.

  • Venue Access

    The 7 Stages of Grieving is being held at the Space Theatre.

    The recommended Dunstan Playhouse and Space Theatre drop off zone is at the northern end of the Riverbank Footbridge on War Memorial Drive (walk across the Footbridge to Dunstan Playhouse) or at the Intercontinental Hotel (walk north between the Intercontinental Hotel and Railway Station along the lane way to the Riverbank). There is also a drop off area and two accessible car spaces on lower Festival Drive, accessible from the west via Montefiore Road.

    Getting to the Venue

    Adelaide Festival Centre is easily accessible by public transport, including the tram (stop at Railway Station), trains, buses and a free bus service that operates on a loop throughout the city and North Adelaide with stops on the corner of King William Road and North Terrace.

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    For information about parking near the Adelaide Festival Centre, please click here.

  • Tangent

    Join our esteemed panel on Monday 15 June for our The 7 Stages of Grieving Tangent event.

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    Subscriber Briefing

    2020 Subscribers are invited to join us for exclusive Subscriber Briefings to learn more about the creation of the show.

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Shari Sebbens

Set & Costume Designer

Elizabeth Gadsby

Associate Designer

Tyler Ray Hawkins

Lighting & Video Design

Verity Hampson

Composer & Sound Designer

Steve Francis


Elaine Crombie

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