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Take an Emotional Journey Through this One Woman Play
Wit, pain, and oppression are the prevailing themes in the challenging one woman play, The 7 Stages of Grieving, being performed by Chenoa Deemal for QTC this March. Director Jason Klarwein is at the helm of this masterwork by Deborah Mailman and QTC's current artistic director Wesley Enoch that is still as relevant today as it was when it was first written by the duo 20 years ago.
The complex text covers a variety of stories of the experiences of aboriginal people in Australia and the desire for reconciliation. The jubilant and defiant goes hand in hand with the tragic and tearful in these tales that ask the audience to face the ugly truths of our history and our present.
The storytelling is the strength of this production, as audiences are sure to find themselves transfixed and transported by the play. Don't be misled by the title, the play is definitely not on a constant note of doom and gloom, there are plenty of funny moments to balance the sadness and take you on an emotional journey.
The 7 Stages of Grieving was first produced as a workshop piece at La Boite Theatre in 1995, after which Kooemba Jdarra staged the production at the Metro Arts Theatre. Performed by Mailman and directed by Enoch, the show then went on a successful national tour in 1996, and since has become a staple audition piece for aspiring actresses.
Mailman has left some big shoes to fill, but Chenoa Deemal is rumoured to be well and truly up to the task. This emerging indigenous artist from North Queensland graduated the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane in 2005 with an Advanced Diploma. Theatre going audiences may recall Deemal as Kattrin in Queensland Theatre Company's 2013 production of Mother Courage in which she was praised for her realism.
Don't miss a chance to see her tackle The 7 Stages of Grieving from the 17th to the 31st of March at QTC's Billie Brown Studio. Tickets are on sale now.