“My pulse quickens. It is not a fair fight, but it quickens.”

She’s a hot-rod F16 fighter pilot. She’s pregnant.  Her career in the sky is over.  Now, she sits in an air-conditioned trailer in Las Vegas flying remote-controlled drones over the Middle East. She struggles through surreal 12-hour shifts far from the battlefield, hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night.

_Grounded_ is a gripping, compulsive new play that flies from the heights of lyricism to the shallows of workaday existence.  Gate Theatre’s extraordinary play targets our assumptions about war, family, and what it is to be a woman.

Written by George Brant
Directed by Christopher Haydon
Performed by Lucy Ellinson

**201415 Toured to:
Birmingham REP (part of the British Science Festival)
4, 5, 6 September
Warwick Arts Centre
7, 8, 9, 10 October
Clwyd Theatr Cymru
21 & 22 October
West Yorkshire Playhouse
23, 24, 25 October
Manchester Royal Exchange
4, 5, 6, 7, 8 November
The Capitol, Horsham
Mon 10 November
The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Bordon
Wed 12 November
Folkestone Quarterhouse
Thu 13 November
Canterbury Gulbenkian
Sun 16 November
The Point, Eastleigh
Tue 18 November
Fareham Ashcroft Arts Centre
Wed 19 November
Cranleigh Arts Centre
Thu 20 November
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre
Fri 21 November
The Place, Bedford
23 November
Banbury Mill Arts Centre
Tue 25 November
Colchester Arts Centre
Wed 26 November
The North Wall, Oxford
Sat 29 November
Sheffield Crucible
21, 22, 23, 24 January 2015
presented by Bristol Old Vic at Arnolfini
28, 29, 30, 31 January
Central Studio, Basingstoke
3 February

The Roxburgh, Stowe
4 February

Corn Exchange, Newbury 
5 February

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 
7 February

Norwich Playhouse 
11 February

Harlow Playhouse 
12 February

Farnham Maltings
13 February

Cambridge Junction 
18 February

Chipping Norton Theatre 
19 February

“A searing piece of writing, and gets the blistering performance it deserves from Lucy Ellinson.” The Guardian

“We’re gripped from the first lines of George Brant’s snappy, sparky staccato script.” Evening Standard

“Christopher Haydon precision-guides the show to a stratospheric level of  theatrical intensity.” The Telegraph

“A fine, thoughtful and empathic piece of writing… subtle and troubling.” Time Out

“An essential story for our times.” The Scotsman


Caroline Byrne - Associate Director
Oliver Townsend - Designer
Mark Howland - Lighting Designer
Tom Gibbons - Sound Designer
Benjamin Walden - Video Design
Beckie Darlington - Tour Producer