Grace Under Pressure

07 Mar 2020 - Capitol Theatre

Presented by Allsopp Signs




by David Williams & Paul Dwyer
in collaboration with the Sydney Arts & Health Collective

Hidden stories within the health profession come to life onstage

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 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?

“A very effective and affecting verbatim work exploring the dysfunctional culture of the healthcare system.” Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald

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.


Recommended age: 14yrs+.  Occasional coarse language and challenging content.


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
Nicholas Higgins
Sound Designer
Gail Priest
Set & Costume Designer
Isabel Hudson


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.





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