The 7 Stages of Grieving

The 7 Stages of Grieving

by

Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman

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The 7 Stages of Grieving Characters

The Woman

The Woman (who is of Aboriginal heritage and belongs to the Murri people) is the central character of the play and the only character on stage throughout the entirety of the one-woman show. Over the… read analysis of The Woman

Aunty Grace

Aunty Grace is the Woman’s aunt. Aunty Grace, who moved to England long ago after marrying an Englishman, has not seen her family in years and she is one of the only members of… read analysis of Aunty Grace

Daniel Yocke

Daniel Yocke was a real-life Aboriginal dancer who died in police custody in 1993 after being racially profiled and arrested by Brisbane police while out drinking with a group of friends. The Woman invokes the… read analysis of Daniel Yocke

The Woman’s Grandmother/Nana

The Woman’s grandmother, whom she calls Nana, is deceased at the start of the play. As the Woman tells the story of her family’s coming together after Nana’s funeral to collectively mourn, she paints… read analysis of The Woman’s Grandmother/Nana

The Woman’s Father

The Woman mentions her father only in passing, yet it is clear that she has a great deal of concern for him. Though the Woman’s father is not an old man (he’s 45), the Woman… read analysis of The Woman’s Father
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The Woman’s Brother

The Woman’s brother, like her father, is only mentioned briefly—yet the struggles that the Woman describes him as facing are potent, painful, and revealing. The Woman’s brother is, at just twenty-one, a young… read analysis of The Woman’s Brother