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Grace Under Pressure

12 - 15 May

More important than ever: a play inspired by tragedy, resilience and hope.

By David Williams and Paul Dwyer
in collaboration with the Sydney Arts and Health Collective

Originally scheduled for our 2020 season, it might be even more timely now to ask: who cares for our carers? Professionals devote their working lives to caring for us, but can a doctor or nurse give us the best possible care if they haven’t slept for days? This unflinching, compelling verbatim theatre work explores the inherent challenges of our healthcare industry.

Based on more than 30 in-depth interviews with doctors and nurses about their experiences of training and working in hospitals, Grace Under Pressure is a surprising, intimate, and deeply moving theatre experience that reveals the hidden stories of health professionals in their own words.

Ranging from wildly funny to utterly heartbreaking, the stories within Grace Under Pressure are performed with a sense of intimacy, immediacy and urgency. From award-winning theatre-maker David Williams (The Table of Knowledge, Quiet Faith), this beautifully staged and disarmingly delivered work is a truly unique theatre experience.

Save with a Merrigong Season Ticket!

This show is part of Merrigong’s Season 2021. To get the best seats and price, book a Season Ticket.

We are committed to delivering safe & enjoyable performing arts experiences, and have a COVID Safe Plan to help keep everyone safe that includes:

• Reduced capacities – up to 75% of our normal seating capacity. Empty seats are distributed throughout the theatre, however, you may have people seated next to you.
• Digital check-ins
• Additional cleaning and disinfecting of theatres and foyers
• Increased distance between performers and the audience
• Hand sanitising stations throughout our venues
• Trained staff to assist with COVID safety.

The use of face masks is encouraged.

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  • A deeply moving work that is both hopeful and compelling. - Arts Review

Cast & Creative

Director David Williams
Dramaturg Paul Dwyer
Lighting Designer Nick Higgins
Sound Designer Gail Priest
Set and Costume Designer Isabel Hudson
Sydney Arts & Health Collective Mr James Dalton, Dr Claire Hooker, Dr Kimberley Ivory, Professor Paul Macneill, Associate Professor Louise Nash, Dr Jo River, Dr Karen Scott
Cast Meg Dunn, Tanya Schneider, Sal Sharah, Emily Taylor

$25 Pre-Show Dining Packages

Pre-book a meal and drink at The Social when you book your tickets!

For only $25 pp. our great value Pre-Show Dining Packages feature a selection from our delicious show time à la carte options, served with a house drink of your choice. Menus are updated regularly, and will always include at least one vegetarian and one gluten-free option.

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Grace Under Pressure was co-commissioned by Seymour Centre and The Big Anxiety, and developed with the support of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Sydney. The Big Anxiety was assisted by the Australian government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst – Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

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