Grounded***** (Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, 17 August 2013)

Posted: August 17, 2013 in Theatre

Entering the theatre, we see a statuesque figure in a transparent cube, looking like a Damien Hurst exhibit at Tate Modern. As the cube lights up, the figure becomes animated and we see that it is a US Air Force fighter pilot, superbly played by Lucy Ellinson. George Brant’s play is a monologue recounting how the pilot is grounded when becoming pregnant and then assigned to the Nevada Desert to join the “chair force” and operate drones that are engaged in a war thousands of miles away in Afghanistan. As she spends her days looking at monochrome pictures, distant conflicts and real life become blurred. Presenting a story that is never predictable and a unique perspective on a terrible modern world, this is a totally riveting hour.

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