Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking but always compelling, Grace Under Pressure weaves together the experiences of the health professionals that look after us.
Medicine and nursing are commonly referred to as ‘the caring professions’, and yet almost every week there are new reports of bullying and harassment experienced by many health professionals.
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 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.
Cast and Creative Team
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
Director: David Williams
Dramaturg: Paul Dwyer
Lighting Designer: Nick Higgins
Sound Designer: Gail Priest
Set & Costume Designer: Isabel Hudson
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