Grace Under Pressure
Grace Under Pressure
Health professionals are with us when we’re born, and they’re with us when we die. They devote their lives to caring for us, but how do we care for them? Can a doctor or nurse give a patient the best possible care if he or she hasn’t slept for days? What if they are also being bullied or sexually harassed at work? What if they complain about having to work excessive hours, but are told to stop whinging and suck it up? How do they cope with the pressure?
Ranging from wildly funny to utterly heartbreaking, the stories within Grace Under Pressure will leave no audience member unaffected. Beautifully staged and disarmingly performed, Grace Under Pressure is a truly unique theatre experience.
“Grace Under Pressure is greeted with passionate enthusiasm by its audience who have been amused, informed and moved. It is a work with a clear sense of social purpose, complexly enriched with the observations of those who are responsible for us in hospitals and whose own lives are subject to often inordinate pressures. We need to care for them. […] Grace Under Pressure should be seen widely, so that what is often just news becomes knowledge, becomes action.”
Keith Gallasch, RealTime
“a very effective and affecting verbatim work exploring the dysfunctional culture of the healthcare system.”
Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald, 2 November 2017
“A deeply moving work that is both hopeful and compelling”
“Brutal and unflinching, yet told gently with humour, Grace Under Pressure is not easy to watch, only in so far as this is not fiction: the abuses that the healthcare workers face are happening every day in hospitals in every suburb, and will continue until changes are made”
Joy Minter, The Buzz From Sydney
Age recommendation: Recommended for 14 years and over
Warning: Occasional coarse language. Challenging content warnings – includes descriptions of sexual harassment in the workplace, a description of a suicide attempt, and descriptions of surgical procedures
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 of Grace Under Pressure has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Cast and creative team credits:
Writers: David Williams & Paul Dwyer
Sydney Arts & Health Collective: Dr Claire Hooker, Associate Professor Louise Nash, Dr Karen Scott, Dr Kimberley Ivory, Dr Jo River, Professor Paul Macneill and Mr James Dalton
Performers: Meg Dunn, Tanya Schneider, Sal Sharah, Emily Taylor.
Director: David Williams
Dramaturg: Paul Dwyer
Lighting Designer: Nicholas Higgins
Sound Designer: Gail Priest
Set & Costume Designer: Isabel Hudson
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