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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.

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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

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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. This tour has been assisted by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

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