Through a compelling, 70-minute monologue, it tells the story of a fighter pilot who, on becoming pregnant, has to sacrifice a career in the skies for a desk job far from the battlefield, hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night. Grounded, by George Brant, is being hailed as an ‘outstanding’ account of war, family and what it means to be a woman.
This new production by Gate Theatre is currently on tour throughout the UK.
Says artistic director Christopher Haydon: “Grounded is one of the finest plays I have ever directed. It’s an extraordinary, caustic exploration of one of the most important issues of our time and packs a multitude of ideas in to a single, brilliantly compelling character. Since opening in Edinburgh last year, it has been hugely exciting to see how thousands of people have connected with it and so I am thrilled at the opportunity to take it on tour and allow it to reach an even wider audience. As a small pub theatre we rarely get the opportunity to share our work as widely as we would like and so this is the perfect way in which to bring the work of the Gate to the rest of the country.”
The Pilot is played by Lucy Ellinson (Trojan Women and Tenet). It has also been announced that Anne Hathaway will perform the role when Grounded comes to New York in April.
Grounded, 18 February, Cambridge Junction, 7.30pm. Tickets £8/£12.