GRACE UNDER PRESSURE
Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking but always compelling, Grace Under Pressure weaves together the experiences of the health professionals that look after us.
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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’re 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?
Based on interviews with doctors and nursing staff, Grace Under Pressure invites a conversation about these often taboo issues. The audience is invited to peek behind the scenes of this fascinating industry. You may be shocked at what you ﬁnd.
Audience info | 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.
Join the writers and cast after the 2pm matinee for deeper insights into the production.
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 & Creatives
David Williams & Paul Dwyer in collaboration with the Sydney Arts & Health Collective / Writers
David Williams / Director