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28 April – 30 May

Grounded

Book Tickets

Box office: 020 7229 0706

Key Dates

£10 Gatecrasher performances
  • Mon 28 Apr - 7.30pm
    Sat 3 May - 3.00pm
    Sat 10 May - 3.00pm
    Sat 17 May - 3.00pm
    Sat 24 May - 3.00pm
    Wed 28 May - 3.00pm

Press night
  • Tue 29 Apr - 7.00pm

Captioned performance
  • Thu 15 May - 7.30pm

Gate Debates
  • Thu 8 May - post-show
    Thu 15 May - post-show

Gate Educate masterclass
  • Sat 10 May - 10.30am

“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 hours shifts far from the battlefield hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night.

Winner of a Fringe First award (2013), Grounded is a gripping, compulsive new play that flies from the heights of lyricism to the shallows of workaday existence. This extraordinary play targets our assumptions about war, family, and what it is to be a woman.


To download a copy of our freesheet click here: Grounded freesheet

Book Tickets

Mon - Sat 7.30pm
Sat 3.00pm

The running time of Grounded is 65 minutes without an interval.

WINNER - BEST PRODUCTION AND BEST DESIGN, OFFWESTEND AWARDS.
FRINGE FIRST AWARD WINNER 2013.

★★★★★
Sunday Telegraph


★★★★★
theatreCat: Libby Purves 


★★★★
"A smart, beautiful bit of writing that mixes our moral responses to war, family and motherhood, and throws them out in all directions."
Time Out

★★★★
“Spectacular.” 

The Upcoming

★★★★★
‘Grounded, simple and elegant though it be, packs a punch greater than most high ticket productions will ever know.’
DC Metro Theatre Arts

'A tour-de-force performance that's nothing short of electrifying.'
​Broadway World

“An essential story for our times.”
The Scotsman

“Nothing short of mesmerising.”
Sunday Telegraph

“Completely absorbing and hard to forget.”
Time Out

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

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

“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

‘A fireball performance.’
The Washington Post

‘Mesmerizing.’
The Washingtonian

 

Grounded is supported by Arts Council England and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

GROUNDED PRODUCTION SYNDICATE:
Mark Bayley
Kristina Borsy and Nick Turdean
Neil and Sarah Brener
Sarah Havens and Gregg Sando
Bill and Stephanie Knight
Sue Kubly
Linda and David Lakhdhir
Rita and Michael Laven
Robert and Gail Reichert
Chris Rust

George Brant +

Playwright

Christopher Haydon +

Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive

Mark Howland +

Lighting Designer

Tom Gibbons +

Sound Designer

Benjamin Walden +

Video Design

George Brant’s plays in addition to Grounded include Elephant’s Graveyard, The Mourners’ Bench, Any Other Name, Salvage, Grizzly Mama, Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile, and Dark Room. A Core Writer at the Playwright’s Center, his scripts have been produced internationally by Trinity Repertory Company, the Studio Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Page 73, and the Traverse Theatre, among others.  He has received a Kennedy Center National Playwriting Award, the Smith Prize, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, a Creative Workforce Fellowship, an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, two OAC Individual Excellence Awards, and the Keene Prize for Literature.  He has been awarded writing fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the McCarter Theatre Center, Blue Mountain Center, the Djerassi Resident Artist’s Program, and the Michener Center for Writers. He is published by Samuel French, Oberon Books and Smith & Kraus.

Christopher is Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre and formerly an Associate Director at the Bush Theatre.  

Credits at the Gate include: The Iphigenia QuartetThe Christians (also Traverse Theatre, winner: Fringe First), Grounded (also Traverse Theatre, Studio Theatre Washington DC, national and international tour; winner: Fringe First, Best Production - Off West End Awards), Image of an Unknown Young Woman (winner: Best Production, Off West End Awards), The Edge of Our Bodies, Trojan WomenPurple HeartThe Prophet, Wittenburg

Other theatre credits include: Twelve Angry Men (Birmingham Rep/West End), Sixty-Six BooksIn the Beginning (Bush Theatre/Westminster Abbey); A Safe Harbour for Elizabeth Bishop (Southbank Centre); GracePressure Drop (On Theatre); Deep Cut (Sherman Cymru/National Tour); MonstersNotes from Underground (Arcola); A Number (Salisbury Playhouse). 

Short Films include: The Taming of the Shrew/Two Gentleman of Verona (Globe Theatre); Devil in the Detail (Royal Court/Guardian). 

As a journalist he has written for: The Scotsman, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The New Statesman and Prospect Magazine. 

He is the co-editor of three books: Conversations on ReligionConversations on Truth (Continuum) and Identity and Identification (Black Dog).

Lucy is an actor and theatre maker, specialising in devised and experimental performance and international new writing. She is an associate artist with Third Angel and Forest Fringe. Previous credits for the Gate include: the Chorus in Trojan Women, Julian Assange in Tenet (Greyscale Theatre/Gate Theatre) Previous theatre credits include: Oh The Humanity! and other good intentions (Northern Stage; Soho Theatre); Presumption (Third Angel); Money: The Game Show, Mission to Mars, The Swing Left, Tangle (Unlimited Theatre); 3rd Ring Out, Two Perspectives (Metis Arts); Where We Meet, Who We Are, Speed death of the Radiant Child, Homemade (Chris Goode); A Thousand Shards of Glass (Jane Packman Co.); 15 Minutes Live, They Only Come at Night, Helium (Slung Low); Monsters (dir: Christopher Haydon, Arcola); Land Without Words (dir: Lydia Ziemke) #TORYCORE (Forest Fringe, Gate Theatre, The Arches Brick Award). Radio credits include: The Fall (Clare Duffy).
Her credits include Leaving Home Party (Farnham Maltings), By Mr Farquhar (Waterside Theatre, UK City of Culture), Text Messages: Macbeth (Project Theatre), Shakespeare in a Suitcase (RSC, Co-directed with Tim Crouch), The Recovery Position (Lion and Unicorn), Twizzler Soaked Ecstasy, (SITI Co, Bernhard Theatre Studio), The Children (Embassy Theatre), Lab Run and Attempts on Her Life (Durham Theatre, Berkeley, USA). She was Assistant Director at Royal Court Theatre on Adler and Gibb, at RSC on Wendy and Peter Pan, and the international tour of King Lear. As Creative Associate at the Gate she assisted on Purple Heart and was Associate Director on Grounded. Byrne is an Education Associate Practitioner for RSC.
Oli trained at RWCMD and is an Associate Artist at the Gate Theatre. Previous credits for the Gate include: Wittenberg. Other set and costume design credits include: Rodelinda (Scottish Opera); Macbeth (Blackheath Community Opera); Hitchcock Blonde (Hull Truck); A Beginning, A Middle, and An End (Greyscale/Scottish Tour); The Merchant of Venice (Creation Theatre); Gods are Fallen and All Safety Gone (Greyscale/Almeida Festival); Blood Wedding (Royal and Derngate); Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be (Union); .45 (Hampstead); The Barber of Seville (Opera Up Close); INTRIGUE/LOVE (Southwark Playhouse); Narcissus (Roundhouse); The Grimm Bros’ Circus (Bath Theatre Royal & En Masse Theatre); For All Time, The Memory of Water, Blackbird (Theatre By The Lake). Costume design credits include: Wozzeck (ENO); The Lighthouse (ROH Linbury); Big Maggie (Druid). Oli is one of the Gate’s Jerwood Young Designers for 2013.
Mark studied, briefly, at Oxford University prior to training in Stage Lighting Design at RADA.
 
Previous lighting designs for the Gate: Christians, Image of an Unknown Woman, Edge of Our Bodies, Grounded, Purple Heart, Trojan Women, The Prophet, Yerma, Wittenberg, The Kreutzer Sonata, Vanya.
 
Other designs include:  The Tales of Hoffmann, Werther, Pelleas et Melisande, La Boheme, Wild Man of the West Indies, The Siege of Calais (English Touring Opera); Twelve Angry Men (Birmingham Rep & West End); Rodelinda (Scottish Opera); The Glass Menagerie (Nottingham Playhouse); The Patriotic Traitor (Park Theatre); Canvas (Chichester Festival); The Winters Tale, She Stoops to Conquer, An August Bank Holiday Lark, The Grand Gesture (Northern Broadsides); Brassed Off (York Theatre Royal); A Further Education, Elephants, Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, The Blackest Black, Ignorance (Hampstead Theatre); Pride and Prejudice the Musical, The Man Jesus, Uncle Vanya, Dockers, The Home Place (Lyric Theatre Belfast); Dancing at Lughnasa, Ghosts, Sweeney Todd (Aarhus Theatre, Denmark); Singin' in the Rain (Det Ny Teater, Copenhagen); Entertaining Mr. Sloane, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Absurd Person Singular, Molly Sweeney, Translations (Curve Theatre Leicester); The Ladykillers, Hitchcock Blonde (Hull Truck); Measure for Measure (Sherman Cymru); Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Vienna’s English Theatre); Bea, Pressure Drop, On Religion (On Theatre); Parallel The Suit, Parallel Electra (Young Vic); Dick Turpin's Last Ride, Cider with Rosie, The Merchant of Venice (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); A Number (Salisbury Playhouse); Topless Mum (Tobacco Factory); The Pains of Youth (Belgrade Theatre).
 
Tom trained at Central School of Speech and Drama. Recent theatre credits includes: Lion Boy (Complicite); As You Like It (RSC); Julius Caesar (Donmar); The Spire (Salisbury Playhouse); London (Paines Plough); Roundabout Season (Shoreditch Town Hall, Paines Plough); The Rover (Hampton Court Palace); Love Love Love (Royal Court); Island (National Theatre, Tour); Romeo & Juliet (Headlong); Disco Pigs (Young Vic); Dead Heavy Fantastic (Liverpool Everyman); Plenty (Crucible Studio, Sheffield); Encourage The Others (Almeida); Wasted (Paines Plough, Tour); Chalet Lines, The Knowledge, Little Platoons, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Bush Theatre); The Hairy Ape, Shivered, Faith, Hope and Charity, The Hostage, Toad (Southwark Playhouse); Sold (503); The Chairs (Ustinov Bath); The Country, The Road To Mecca, The Roman Bath, 1936, The Shawl (Arcola); Utopia, Bagpuss, Everything Must Go, Soho Streets (Soho Theatre); Hitchcock Blonde (Hull Truck). Credits as Associate include: A Season in the Congo (Young Vic); Choir Boy (Royal Court); Broken Space Season (Bush Theatre).
Video design credits include: PIIGS (Royal Court); The Universal Machine (New Diorama); Mare Rider (Arcola Theatre); Kiss of the Spider Woman (Arts Ed); Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical (Union Theatre).  Credits as touring Video Supervisor include: Menage A Trois, Macbeth (National Theatre of Scotland); Lovesong (Frantic Assembly). This role is funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, as part of the Jerwood Young Designers Programme at the Gate.

28 April – 30 May

Grounded

Book Tickets

Box office: 020 7229 0706

Key Dates

£10 Gatecrasher performances
  • Mon 28 Apr - 7.30pm
    Sat 3 May - 3.00pm
    Sat 10 May - 3.00pm
    Sat 17 May - 3.00pm
    Sat 24 May - 3.00pm
    Wed 28 May - 3.00pm

Press night
  • Tue 29 Apr - 7.00pm

Captioned performance
  • Thu 15 May - 7.30pm

Gate Debates
  • Thu 8 May - post-show
    Thu 15 May - post-show

Gate Educate masterclass
  • Sat 10 May - 10.30am