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The Seven Stages of Grieving is a pastiche of monologues that combine to create a performance about the grieving process of Aboriginal Australians. The production utilises a variety of dramatic styles and forms including, music and song, humour and comedy to present truth, Aboriginal storytelling and multimedia to create this unique piece concerning the Stolen Generation of Aboriginals. In a production I saw at the Sydney Theatre Company words such as “grief, grieving, sorrow and loss” were projected onto a screen to visually affirm to the audience the suffering experienced by the Stolen Generations. This monologue presents the Aboriginal people of Australia as survivors who can come through hardship with a smile on their face. This attitude is expressed in the scene “Murri Gets a Dress”. Two girls in my class presented this scene which opens with the statement “have you ever been black?” This incorporates humour as comic relief and adds light and shade to the performance. The Seven Stages of Grieving presents the grieving process of a young Aboriginal woman in modern day Australia. The sole actress presents a variety of aspects of grieving, including “humour, regret, mourning and loneliness” which portray how different people, not just Aboriginals cope with grief.
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  • Fall '19
  • Theatre, Indigenous Australians, Grief, Ruby Moon

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