I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
A Show To Touch The Heart
Written over twenty years ago by Deborah Mailman and Wesley Enoch, 7 Stages of Grieving has been newly adapted and is playing at Riverside Theatre Parramatta for a short time. It will be presented at The Art House-Wyong and Joan Sutherland PAC- Penrith later in June.
This production has been brought to life by Queensland Theatre and The Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe. It is dramatic and beautiful and Chenoa Deemal brings a luminous intensity to the role. The set and props are simple and limited and the use of sound, lighting and audio-visual elements enhance the powerful story.
Grief touches us all and everyone in the audience could relate to one or more of the poignant stories, be it the death of a beloved family member or the loss of innocence. This grief has been embedded in the lives of Aboriginal people since the days of colonial Australia, saying sorry is only one step on the road to reconciliation.
The sorrow of stolen generations (production image)
Chenoa has a lovely stage presence and engages well with the audience particularly in the humorous parts. For 55 minutes we encounter her rapidly changing emotions - she takes us from the heights of silliness to the depths of despair with some gut wrenching anger thrown in. You can feel the pain of sorrow in her voice.
The symbolism and use of indigenous language as well as the stylised traditional cultural practices were very powerful as well as personal. We all have stories within us and each of us is part of a larger story. 7 Stages of Grieving demonstrates the way in which our stories can be altered via things that beyond our control.
This play is funny, sad, political and definitely thought provoking and one can understand how it has stood the test of time.