Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at Your Wit’s End)

Dates and Times

Tue 9 - Wed 10 April 2019 at 9pm

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Ticket information

£12/10 (conc.)

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Presented by Holly Gallagher

Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at Your Wit’s End) is a performance about Stress. And figuring out why so many of us feel it to an unhealthy degree. It’s about fear, pressure, uncertainty. It’s about sadness and mental health and how we help ourselves. It’s about feeling like things are all A Bit Too Much and then the cat goes missing.

This is a show about the world we live in now, and will prove essential viewing in a society that just can’t seem to relax anymore.

The development of this work was supported as part of the Third Angel Mentoring Scheme 2017 in association with Sheffield Theatres

Funded by Arts Council England.  Commissioned by ARC Stockton

This show contains strong language in the show and it explores themes of stress, anxiety, and depression. Age restriction: 14+

Praise about Tensile Strength

“Simply and elegantly staged, Tensile Strength is an assured and gently powerful piece of work. Finding dignity and poetry in the quiet resilience of everyday life, Holly Gallagher takes the stories of ordinary people and elevates them to the level of the profound. This is an excellent offering from an exciting new storyteller.” – Fringe First Winner Kieran Hurley

Blog Post From the Artist

Find yourself wondering why you’re stressed all the time? Is this normal? Is this what life should be like? Click here to read Holly Gallagher’s blog post on creating Tensile Strength.

About the company

Written and performed by Holly Gallagher
Directed by Daniel Bye
Lighting Design by Katharine Williams
Sound Design by Roma Yagnik
Stage Management by Rebecca Glendenning-Laycock and Millie Harris
Developed with David Ralfe and Robbie Butler
Mentored by Kieran Hurley
Commissioned by ARC Stockton

Holly Gallagher is a Theatre Maker, Director, and Facilitator based in Thornaby, Teesside interested in new work that speaks about the world we live in today and stimulates an audience’s imagination.

Holly has an MA with Distinction in Theatre and Performance from Northumbria University and has showcased and performed in work at Northern Stage, Live Theatre, Alphabetti Theatre, ARC Stockton, GIFT Festival, Moor Theatre Delicatessen, Camden People’s Theatre, and the Civic Barnsley. Holly is an Associate Artist at ARC Stockton, and was a recipient of the Third Angel Mentorship Scheme 2018. She has recently finished touring her first solo show Before (the line is lost), and alongside touring Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at Your Wit’s End) is currently developing Tamsin Daisy-Rees’ Marmalade as a Director.

Twitter: @hollyrachael_Instagram: @hollsenberg#TensileStrength

Image credit (c) Davey Poremba

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