When a hot-shot fighter pilot’s unexpected pregnancy grounds her, she’s reassigned to fly drones in Afghanistan from a trailer outside Vegas. A sold-out hit at the Edinburgh Fringe, this gripping solo show explores the screened-in, greyed-out, hyped-up world of remote warfare in an acclaimed production from London’s Gate Theatre.
This production won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 and landed on the Top Ten of 2013 lists for the Guardian and the London Standard. The play won the 2012 Smith Prize for Best Play on American political themes, and was recently long-listed for the James Tait Black Prize for Drama in the UK.
Performances begin June 10, and surrounding programming includes three post-show panel conversations, as part of Studio Theatre's New British Invasion Festival and Studio's Plays in Context Series, produced in partnership between Studio Theatre and the British Council:
1. Remote Warfare and Mental Health
June 12, 2014; after the 8pm performance of Grounded
According to a 2009 report from the Department of Defense Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, drone pilots suffer depression and PTSD at the same rate as pilots on manned aircraft. Join Angela Vredeveld, PsyD, clinical specialist with Give an Hour and David Wood, Pulitzer-Prize winning senior military correspondent for The Huffington Post as they discuss the unique pressures of drone pilots and the effect of remote warfare on active and veteran pilots. This conversation will be moderated by Paul Smith, director of the British Council.
2. George Brant and Lucy Ellinson in Conversation
June 14, 2014; after the 8pm performance of Grounded
Join playwright George Brant and actor Lucy Ellinson as they discuss the process of writing and performing Grounded with Studio Artistic Director David Muse.
3. Drone Warfare and US Policy
June 26, 2014; after the 8pm performance of Grounded
Join Peter Singer, director of the Brookings Institute’s Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, and a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program and Andrea J Prasow, Senior National Security Council and Advocate at Human Rights Watch as they explore the strategic, humanitarian, technological, and civil liberties implications of United States’ use of unmanned aerial vehicles. The conversation will be moderated by Derek Goldman, co-director of the Laboratory for Global Performance at Georgetown University.
These conversations are part of Studio Theatre’s New British Invasion Festival and Studio's Plays in Context Series, and produced in partnership between Studio Theatre and with the British Council.