When a hot-shot fighter pilot’s unexpected pregnancy grounds her, she’s reassigned to fly drones in Afghanistan from a trailer outside Vegas. A sold-out hit at the Edinburgh Fringe, this gripping solo show explores the screened in, greyed-out, hyped-up world of remote warfare in an acclaimed production from London’s Gate Theatre.
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Thought-provoking... propulsive drama... In a fireball performance, Lucy Ellinson portrays the Pilot.
Ellison... is mesmerizing in her portrayal of the Pilot, whiplashing from one emotion to the next—anger, resignation, panic, false cheer—all glossed with a bravado that’s both humorous and heartbreaking.
Grounded, simple and elegant though it be, packs a punch greater than most high ticket productions will ever know… Christopher Haydon directs this 60-minute show with a subtle mixture of intensity and cheer; and he has put together a wonderful design team to make it all real.
George Brant’s intense and intimate solo play Grounded follows one woman’s shift from hot-shot fighter pilot to a member of what she dismisses as the “Chair Force”: flying unmanned aerial vehicles in a windowless trailer in the Nevada desert, driving home to her husband and young daughter, trying to absorb the pixelated images from the belly of the Reaper drone she pilots from across the world. In examining the circumstances of a single pilot, Brant also considers the transformation of the contemporary military: from the danger (and ego boost) of the cockpit of an F-16—along with the combat zone’s camaraderie and rituals of decompression—to the experience of warfare as shift work, both more estranged from the battlefield and more intimately connected to the people that pilots and their teams can spend weeks tracking.Read More
London’s Gate Theatre brings their production of George Brant’s one-woman play Grounded to DC this summer. Based on the lives and particular challenges of US-based drone pilots, flying remotely in Afghanistan, this visceral piece sold out its Edinburgh and London runs.Read More