The Art House presents

Grace Under Pressure

31 Mar - 1 Apr 2020 Showing at The Art House Studio

Info Cast & Creatives Reviews


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The Art House Presents  

Grace Under Pressure

An Alternative Facts production
by David Williams & 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 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 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.

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

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



Grace Under Pressure is greeted with passionate enthusiasm by its audience who have been amused, informed and moved. It is a work with a clear sense of social purpose, complexly enriched with the observations of those who are responsible for us in hospitals and whose own lives are subject to often inordinate pressures. We need to care for them. […] Grace Under Pressure should be seen widely, so that what is often just news becomes knowledge, becomes action.” Keith Gallasch, RealTime

“a very effective and affecting verbatim work exploring the dysfunctional culture of the healthcare system.” Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald, 2 November 2017

“A deeply moving work that is both hopeful and compelling” Arts Review  

“Brutal and unflinching, yet told gently with humour, Grace Under Pressure is not easy to watch, only in so far as this is not fiction: the abuses that the healthcare workers face are happening every day in hospitals in every suburb, and will continue until changes are made” Joy Minter, The Buzz From Sydney


The Art House Studio


Tue 31 Mar 2020 - 8PM

Wed 1 Apr 2020 - 10AM

Wed 1 Apr 2020 - 8PM

Important Information

General Admission seating in The Art House Studio

Duration: 85 minutes no interval

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 14 years and over


Adult $35.00
Concession $30.00
Members $25.00
Under 30 $25.00
Schools $20.00