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Arnolfini - est 1961

Beckie Darlington presents Gate Theatre’s award winning production, in association with Bristol Old Vic. Tickets sold through Bristol Old Vic box office.

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. Starring Lucy Ellinson, this extraordinary play targets our assumptions about war, family, and what it is to be a woman. Grounded is brought to Arnolfini in association with Bristol Old Vic.

Supported by Arts Council England and Jerwood Charitable Foundation (Jerwood Young Designers Programme).

Winner of Best Production and Best Design at Off West End Awards and Fringe First Award Winner 2013.

★★★★★ The Scotsman, Evening Standard, WhatsOnStage, Exeunt

★★★★ The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, Financial Times, The Herald, The Times, The Telegraph, Time Out

“An essential story for our times.”
The Scotsman

“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

8pm, 3pm Thursday and Saturday matinee
Ages 14+ (Includes strong language, descriptions of scenes of a sexual nature, descriptions of violence)
Running time 65mins