Page extent: 96
ISBN: 9781783190393
Binding: PaperBack


George Brant


Winner of a Scotsman Fringe First Award 2013.

Shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award 2013 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2013.

Seamlessly blending the personal and the political, Grounded tells the story of a hot-rod F16 fighter pilot whose unexpected pregnancy ends her career in the sky. Repurposed to flying remote-controlled drones in the Middle East from an air-conditioned trailer near Vegas, the Pilot struggles through surreal twelve-hour shifts far from the battlefield, hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night. A tour de force play for one actress, Grounded flies from the heights of lyricism to the shallows of workaday existence, targeting our assumptions about war, family, and the power of storytelling.

Grounded was the winner of the 2012 Smith Prize.

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ISBN13 9781783190393
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 96


'It’s an incredibly powerful and intelligent piece of writing, touching on so much about surveillance and modern warfare... [they] succeed in peeling the play’s many layers, its humour, its humanity – its warning.' The Stage

‘Brant’s dialogue is bright and textured. Snappy storytelling is punctured by dark edges, mess-hall humour and burst of lyrics beauty.’ Financial Times

‘Grounded is a riveting, award-winning monologue. George Brant’s script is punchy and poetic, subtly raising questions about 21st-century heroines…’ The Independent on Sunday

'Grounded is a powerful, hallucinogenic experience. What makes it imperative viewing is that, rather than being some sci-fi dystopia, everything in Grounded is an urgent, appalling reality: an ethical minefield about which a great deal more noise needs to be made immediately.' What's on Stage

'It is a searing piece of writing.'  Guardian

 Grounded is impossible to take your eyes off, from start to finish [it] is a play that holds you in its palm and grips you tight…The script is layered and interesting.’ A Younger Theatre 

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

‘George Brant's solo play Grounded, has been named the 2012 winner of the Smith Prize.’ Playbill

‘It’s a fine, thoughtful and empathic piece of writing.’ Time Out

‘The emotional whiplash from this grippingly intense one-woman play…almost hurts. This show soars across utterly believable territory.’ Festmag

‘What makes Brant’s play exceptional is its driving, white-hot sense of identification with a woman who is not, on the face of it, a sympathetic character.’ Scotsman

‘Grounded is a striking piece of monologue theatre… an incredibly evocative play. Brant’s play navigates a problematic terrain with dramatic skill.’ Exeunt

'...blistering monologue...powerful constructed play...' Metro

Grounded is a smart, beautiful bit of writing that mixes our moral responses to war, family and motherhood, and throws them out in all directions. Spunky and funny, Brant’s script is completely absorbing and hard to forget.’ – Time Out

‘George Brant’s writing is compelling and has rightly won awards.’ – Telegraph