Grace Under Pressure

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Grace Under Pressure

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 08 May - 09 May 2020
Category Live Event


All performances of Grace Under Pressure have been cancelled.

If you booked through Riverside Theatres, a member of our Box Office will contact ticket holders regarding refund options.

Riverside presents an Alternative Facts production
By David Williams and Paul Dwyer
In collaboration with the Sydney Arts & Health Collective

“…a very effective and affecting verbatim work exploring the dysfunctional culture of the healthcare system.” – Sydney Morning Herald

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 they have not slept for days? What if they are also being bullied or 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 hours of 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 show that reveals these hidden stories of health professionals in their own words. Ranging from wildly funny to utterly heartbreaking, the stories will leave no audience member unaffected. Beautifully staged and disarmingly performed, Grace Under Pressure is a truly unique theatre experience.

FYI this production contains occasional coarse language, themes of sexual harassment and descriptions of a suicide attempt and surgical procedures. Recommended for ages 14+

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.

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
Mr James Dalton

David Williams

Paul Dwyer

Lighting Designer
Nick Higgins

Sound Designer
Gail Priest

Set and Costume Designer
Isabel Hudson

(Stages 5 – 6)

From the Program Coordinator…

This production is true to the documentary style of verbatim theatre, where the actors say the interviewee’s responses word for word, right down to their speech mannerisms. Therefore, it is an excellent example for Drama students studying this form of theatre. As well as that, it is an interesting and revealing insight into the Health industry that allows parallels to be drawn to the nature of work culture in Australia in general, including attitudes to mental health, work-life balance and gender equality.

Curriculum Links and Resources

Download the Curriculum Links here: Grace Under Pressure Curriculum Links

Download the Education Pack here: Grace Under Pressure Education Pack

Riverside’s Risk Assessment

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85 minutes (No interval plus 20 minute Q&A following weekday matinee performance)

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