Seymour Centre and The Big Anxiety - festival of arts + science + people present

Grace Under Pressure

25 - 28 Oct 2017

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 often referred to as “caring” professions, yet bullying, harassment and “teaching by humiliation” are a common experience in hospitals, particularly for students and interns.


Acclaimed verbatim theatre makers David Williams and Paul Dwyer, in collaboration with the Sydney Arts and Health Collective, have developed Grace Under Pressure from interviews with interns, medical and nursing students, as well as senior allied health professionals and representatives from the specialist colleges and peak bodies.


As part of The Big Anxiety Festival, Grace Under Pressure will start a conversation about these often taboo issues. In this verbatim theatre project, the audience is invited to peek behind the scenes of this fascinating industry. You may be shocked at what you find!


Grace Under Pressure is part of the Great Ideas Performance Series 2017.


Grace Under Pressure has been 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 has been assisted by the Australian government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund.




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

Performers: Renee Lim, Rose Maher, Sal Sharah & Wendy Strehlow

Director: David Williams

Dramaturg: Paul Dwyer

Lighting Designer: Richard Manner

Sound Designer: Gail Priest

Set & Costume Designer: Isabel Hudson

Production Manager: Emma Bedford

Stage Manager: Patrick Howard

Producer: David Williams (for Seymour Centre)



For those suffering distress related to their work, services and numbers you can call if you are distressed at, or about, healthcare work:


NSW: Doctors Health Advisory Service: 94376552

Australian Medical Association (AMA): 94398822

Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation: ASMOF (workplace advice/industrial matters) 92126900

Australasian Doctors Health Network has online contacts and resources:

NSW Health JMO support line on 1300566321 (for issues regarding unacceptable behaviour in the workplace, where concerned doctors will be advised by a trained senior doctor from a different Local Health District).

BeyondBlue, 24 hour crisis support and advice: 1300 22 4636

Lifeline, 24 hour crisis support and advice: 131144