Lucy Ellinson in 'Grounded' by George Brant (image by Iona Firouzabadi) ©

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The British Council supported the US premiere of 'Grounded' in Washington DC, written by George Brant and directed by Christopher Hayden. 

The British Council proudly supported the official US premiere of the Gate Theatre (London)'s production of Grounded, written by George Brant and directed by Christopher Haydon, from June 10-29, 2014 at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.

In addition to the play, there were also three post-show panel conversations on drone warfare. Part of Studio Theatre's New British Invasion Festival and Plays in Context series, the panel series was produced in partnership with the British Council.

Synopsis and Awards

When a hot-shot fighter pilot's unexpected pregnancy grounds her, she is reassigned to fly drones in Afghanistan from a trailer outside Vegas. This gripping solo show explores the screened-in, greyed-out, hyped-up world of remote warfare.

Grounded 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 also 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. 

Learn more about the Drone Warfare panel discussions:

Remote Warfare and Mental Health (June 12, 2014)

According to a 2009 report from the Department of Defence Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, drone pilots suffer depression and PTSD at the same rate as pilots on manned aircraft. Angela Vredeveld, PsyD, clinical specialist with Give an Hour joined David Wood, Pulitzer-Prize winning senior military correspondent for The Huffington Post to discuss the unique pressures of drone pilots and the effect of remote warfare on active and veteran pilots. The conversation was moderated by Paul Smith, director of British Council USA. 

George Brant and Lucy Ellinson in Conversation (June 14, 2014)

 Playwright George Brant and actor Lucy Ellinson discussed the process of writing and performing Grounded with Studio Artistic Director David Muse.

Drone Warfare and US Policy (June 26, 2014)

Peter Singer (director of the Brookings Institute's Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program) joined Andrea J Prasow (Senior National Security Council advisor and Advocate at Human Rights Watch) to explore the strategic, humanitarian, technological, and civil liberties implications of United States' use of unmanned aerial vehicles. The conversation was moderated by Derek Goldman, co-director of the Laboratory for Global Performance at Georgetown University.

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