Drama students explore storytelling

On Tuesday Year 11 and Year 9 Drama students attended the sold-out season performance of The 7 Stages of Grieving at the newly renovated Sydney Theatre Company at Wharf 1.

“We began by taking part in a preshow discussion with the Director Shari Sebbens, and Assistant Director Ian Michael, and concluded the day by engaging with the incredible actor and compelling narrator Elaine Crombie to ask questions,” IGS Director of Dramatic Arts Rita Morabito said.

The play was written by Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman 26 years ago blending Indigenous and western styles of storytelling and was seen as “A radical act of First Nations theatre-making.”

“In the life of this play, there have been multiple productions that have seen many people play the main role including Deborah Mailman, Ursula Yovich, Lisa Flanagan, and Leah Purcell, which IGS students of past eras also saw,” Rita said.

“Wayne Blair, LizaMare Syron, Chenoa Deemal, Kaleenah Edwards, are First Nation names also associated with these productions, creating a legacy that has brought us to this latest iteration. There is a new call to action in this blend of fact and fiction, that draws on personal experiences of both playwrights and from the experiences of First Nations people from invasion to today.

The 7 Stages of Grieving continues to ask vital and stirring questions of the way we tell stories and how we remember the past… exploring grief through moments reflection… truth-telling and… satirical comedy.

“This was an incredibly powerful, important, and beautiful experience that impacted students and teachers alike.”

IGS student Madiba Doyle-Lambert of Year 11 said it was a “powerful experience to see it staged in such an original and effective manner.”

“Although it was written a couple of decades ago, it is still a sadly relevant show which empowers the audience to create change for a more equal society. I think it is a show that all Australians need to see as it will make you laugh and it will make you cry all while spreading its meaningful message,” Madiba said.

Next week all of Year 10 will also view the play.