Tensile Strength

Saturday 4 May

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.

‘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


After the show there is an optional workshop from 5:30-6:30pm. Places are subject to limited availability and can be reserved when you book your tickets to the show.


Create your own Emergency Stress-Relief Box! In the first half of the workshop Holly will work with participants in a crafting session to decorate a small box which can be taken home by participants. In the second half she will curate a discussion with the group to generate a variety of stress relief tips, and positive thoughts which can be stored in each participant’s box. This workshop gives participants the chance to express personal experiences of stress, as well as to develop creative skills and experiences.


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

Commissioned by ARC Stockton

Mentored by Kieran Hurley

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

Saturday 4 May @ 4pm

(duration 60 mins)

plus optional Create Your Own Self-Care Toolkit  workshop 5:30-6:30pm

VENUE:    The Hullabaloo

AGES: 13+

JABBERBAR:  venue cafe bar


(or see both Tensile Strength & Eurohouse for just £10)

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