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The 7 Stages of Grieving: Creative Learning

Explore Aboriginal history, grief and hope of reconciliation in this contemporary performance for Secondary Students.

In the Studio

“Brought to my attention how powerful theatre can be”

Chenoa Deemal, Actor 

Highly acclaimed play by Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman   

In this one-everywoman show, Chenoa Deemal (Mother Courage and Her Children) spins poignant stories of different people, from different mobs -tear-streaked tales of tragedy go hand-in-hand with jubilant celebrations of  simple survival. 

Funny, devastatingly sad, politically relevant and culturally profound as it traverses the phases of Aboriginal history, The 7 Stages of Grieving is an invitation to face hard truths, to join hands and grieve.

It shares true and personal stories that need to keep being told. And perhaps most importantly, it opens a dialogue about the issues that separate and unite Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. 

Presented by Sydney Opera House, Queensland Theatre Company and Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe

The 7 Stages of Grieving Image: Justin Harrison

NSW Curriculum Links

Subject

Content

Outcomes

Stage 4

Stage 5

Stage 6

General capabilities and cross-curriculum

 

Drama

Appreciating

4.3.1
4.3.2
4.3.3

 

5.3.1
5.4.1

 

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures Intercultural understanding Difference and diversity Sustainability
Critical and creative thinking Personal and Social capability Ethical understanding Intercultural understanding

 

Music

 

Listening
Value and appreciate

 

4.7
4.11

 

5.7
5.11
5.12

 

 

History

 

Depth Study 6: Expanding Contacts – Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, Colonisation and
Contact History
Topic 2A: Making a Nation

 

HT4–2
HT4–3
HT4–4
HT4–6
HT4–7
HT4–10

 

HT5–1
HT5–2
HT5–4
HT5–7
HT5–9
HT5–10

 

 

English

 

Think in ways that are imaginative, creative, interpretive and critical

 

EN4–3B
EN4–5C
EN4–6C
EN4–7D
EN4–8D

 

EN5–3B
EN5–5C
EN5–6C
EN5–7D

 

 

Aboriginal Studies

 

Social justice and human rights issues and how they impact on Aboriginal and other Indigenous peoples

 

4.1
4.2
4.3

 

5.1
5.2
5.3

 

Preliminary Course
P1.1, P1.2, P1.3, P2.1, P2.2, P3.1, P3.2

HSC Course H1.1, H1.2, H1.3, H2.2, H3.1, H3.2, H3.3

Bennelong Tour by Sydney Opera House Tours

Take a tour before or after the performance with our world class Sydney Opera House tour guides. Created with Aboriginal historians and artists, this interactive tour about Bennelong Point (Tubowgule) is a great way to engage secondary students with the history of the site. 

Add this tour to your performance booking

Your Creative Learning Journey

This live performance program comes with a dedicated Creative Learning Journey, featuring recommended activities for your students and a teacher resource pack. Equipped with our Creative Learning Journey, you’ll embark on a program of experiences designed for deeper learning, including live-streamed classroom workshops and tailor made professional learning.

Download Creative Learning Journey

Ticket and Travel Subsidy

The Sydney Opera House is committed to providing the very best national and international performing arts experiences to NSW students as part of their educational studies.

The Sydney Opera House Arts Assist program provides the full cost of the Creative Learning performance ticket and $5 per student toward travel costs. School applications are assessed according to socioeconomic disadvantage, schools with special needs and individual responses regarding the School Profile and School Community.

The Sydney Opera House thanks and acknowledges our generous Arts Assist donors; The Greatorex Foundation and Sydney Opera House Ladies’ Committee.

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