On Thursday 19 September Arc Stockton present Tensile Strength (or How To Survive At Your Wit’s End), a new play about stress, and why so many of us feel it to an unhealthy degree, in Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s Studio.

We’ve all been there, struggling with work, with relationships, feeling like things are all a bit too much… and then the cat goes missing. Tensile Strength is a show about the world we live in now – we all worry about work, about family, about break ups, but why do they cause us to so feel stressed? This is a show that poses some urgent questions to a society which just can’t seem to relax anymore.

Teesside based writer and performer Holly Gallagher tells the stories of three people living in the same post-industrial northern town. As seasons pass, we follow them as they attempt to deal with the fear, pressure and uncertainty of everyday life.

Holly commented: “I made this show because I am stressed, quite a lot. I made it because I wanted to see if other people feel the same as me. And because people love to tweet about living on coffee and never sleeping all the while everyone’s answer to ‘how are you?’ is ‘tired.’ and it’s DAFT to go on like this to be honest.”

Taking its title from a term meaning a material’s breaking point, Tensile Strength (or How To Survive At Your Wits End) aims to encourage audiences to think about their relationship with stress and how to better deal with it when it begins to affect our health.

Tickets can be bought in person at Oldham Coliseum Theatre, by phone on 0161 624 2829 or online at www.coliseum.org.uk 

Link to event on website: http://www.coliseum.org.uk/plays/tensile-strength/


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