Riverside presents an Alternative Facts production
GRACE UNDER PRESSURE
By David Williams and Paul Dwyer
In collaboration with the Sydney Arts & Health Collective
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?
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 theatre experience that reveals these hidden stories of health professionals in their own words. Ranging from dark humour to heartbreak, 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.
This production contains occasional coarse language, includes descriptions of sexual harassment in the workplace, a description of a suicide attempt and descriptions of surgical procedures.
Recommended for ages 14+
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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 of Grace Under Pressure has been assisted by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.
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
SUITABLE FOR YEARS 10 – 12
(Stages 5 – 6)
According to the exemption under the public health order (COVID 19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 7) 2020 (NSW) under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW), issued on February 1 2021, organised groups who enter a premises as part of a school, child care, aged care or disability group are not required to provide the premises with contact details of every person in their group. This is subject to the following conditions:
- It is duty of the group organiser (teacher or carer) to keep an electronic record of the entire group and their contact details for 28 days after the event.
- The group organiser must provide the premises (Riverside Theatres) with at least two contacts to make available to NSW Health.
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.
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