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10 June – 06 July

Grounded in Washington

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In a very exciting move, our Fringe First award-winning show Grounded will be transferring to Washington DC's Studio Theatre directly following its May remount at the Gate.

Grounded's transfer to the Studio Theatre is supported by the British Council.

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‘A fireball performance.’
The Washington Post

The Washingtonian

‘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

'Ellinson is simply astonishing.'

The transfer of Grounded to the Studio Theatre in Washington DC is kindly supported by the British Council.

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

We would also like to thank the GROUNDED Production Syndicate for supporting the show:

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

Christopher Haydon +

Artistic Director and Chief Executive

Oliver Townsend +

Associate Artist

Mark Howland +

Lighting Designer

Tom Gibbons +

Sound Designer

Benjamin Walden +

Video Design

GEORGE BRANT (Playwright). Born in 1969, his plays include Grounded, Marie and Rosetta, The Mourners’ Bench, Any Other Name, Salvage, Grizzly Mama, and Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile. A Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, his scripts have been produced internationally by the Public Theater, the Atlantic Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, the Studio Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Gate Theatre, Page 73, and the Traverse Theatre, among others. His plays have received the Smith Prize, a Fringe First Award, a Creative Workforce Fellowship, an Off-West End Theatre Award, an NNPN Rolling World Premiere and the Keene Prize for Literature. He is published by Samuel French, Oberon Books and Smith & Kraus. George received his MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. 

Christopher is the Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre and formerly an Associate Director at the Bush Theatre.  
Credits at the Gate include:  Diary of a Madman (also Traverse Theatre), The Iphigenia Quartet, The 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 Women, Purple Heart, The Prophet, Wittenburg.

Other theatre credits include: Twelve Angry Men (Birmingham Rep/West End), Sixty-Six Books, In the Beginning (Bush Theatre/Westminster Abbey); A Safe Harbour for Elizabeth Bishop (Southbank Centre); Grace, Pressure Drop (On Theatre); Deep Cut (Sherman Cymru/National Tour); Monsters, Notes 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 Religion, Conversations on Truth (Continuum) and Identity and Identification (Black Dog).

Lucy Ellinson returns to the Gate to play Congregant. Her previous credits for the Gate include Grounded (also Edinburgh Festival, Washington DC, Sweden, national tour), Trojan Women and Tenet (Gate Theatre and Greyscale). Other theatre credits include World Factory (Young Vic), Money: The Game Show (Unlimited Theatre and Bush Theatre), Oh the Humanity! and other good intentions (Northern Stage and Soho Theatre), A Thousand Shards of Glass (Jane Packman Co), Presumption (Third Angel, UK/international tour), Land Without Words (UK/international tour), 3rd Ring Out (Metis Arts), Where We Meet, Who We Are, Speed death of the Radiant Child and Home-made (Chris Goode), They Only Come at Night and Helium (Slung Low) and Monsters (Arcola). Radio credits include 15 Minutes Live and The Fall. Lucy is an associate artist with Third Angel and Forest Fringe. Her solo work includes One minute manifesto, Kaidan and #TORYCORE.

Oliver trained at RWCMD.Works at the Gate include Wittenberg, Grounded, and the set design for No Place To Go. Other recent designs include Jack and The Beanstalk at The Lyric Hammersmith, Rodelinda with Scottish Opera, Macbeth; Blackheath Halls Community Opera for 2013, and costumes for English National Opera’s Wozzeck. He has also designed shows with Greyscale, Druid, Hull Truck, Hampstead Theatre, Opera Up Close, The Roundhouse Circus Company and English Touring Opera among others.  www.oftownsend.co.uk

Mark studied briefly at Oxford University prior to training in Stage Lighting Design at RADA.
His previous credits for the Gate Theatre include: Diary of a Madman, The Christians, Image of an Unknown Young Woman, Edge of Our Bodies, Grounded, Purple Heart, Trojan Women, The Prophet, Yerma, Wittenberg, The Kreutzer Sonata, Vanya.
Other design credits include: Rudolf (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Xerxes, La Calisto, Ulysses’ Homecoming, The Tales of Hoffmann, Werther, Pelleas et Melisande (for which he was nominated for a Knights of Illumination Award), La Boheme, Wild Man of the West Indies, The Siege of Calais (English Touring Opera), Twelve Angry Men (Birmingham Rep/West End),The Elixir of Love & Rodelinda (Scottish Opera), The Glass Menagerie (Nottingham Playhouse), The Patriotic Traitor (Park Theatre), Canvas (Chichester Festival), The Winter’s 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), 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.

10 June – 06 July

Grounded in Washington

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Box office: 020 7229 0706

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