I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
An innovative theatre piece written by George Brant in 2013 Grounded takes us into the mind and life of a female pilot who is grounded due to pregnancy. When ready to get back into the flight suit she is disappointed to learn that her new plane is a Reaper drone that she will pilot from an air-conditioned caravan on a Nevada air base.
This drama is a 90 minute monologue powerfully delivered by Emily Havea. Drone warfare is a new way to fight our battles but what toll does death by remote control take on the warriors? In the case of our pilot, the "chairforce" is a poor fit as she struggles with the dichotomy of being a womanly warrior. The love that shines from Emily when talking of her husband Eric, daughter Sam and the freedom of flight is in direct contrast to the defeated resignation portrayed when searching grey deserts for "men of military age".
The story is dramatic and is enhanced by the lighting effects, simple staging, sound effects and music. At the start, the proud confident pilot delivers some humorous lines as she socialises with her male colleagues and meets a man that "gets her". The mood of the piece becomes darker as she makes the daily commute to war across the desert to sit in front of a screen and dole out death by remote control.
Why? To be challenged by a unique piece of theatre
When:Dates & Times Thursday 14 March at 7.45pm – Preview Friday 15 March at 7.45pm – Preview Saturday 16 March at 7.45pm – Opening Night Tuesday 19 March at 7.45pm Wednesday 20 March at 7.45pm Thursday 21 March at 7.45pm Friday 22 March at 7.45pm Saturday