By George Brant

14 — 23 Mar 2019

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Fact and fiction begin to blur for a female fighter pilot in this psychological thriller. Grounded delivers a nail-biting climax as the pilot’s state of mind unravels in a fast-moving world, technology speeding into the future unchecked.

Our heroine is forced to stop flying and co-opted into “the chair force” as a reluctant drone operator. Death delivered by remote control. A way to keep pilots safe, but the mind doesn’t always follow orders. Is the pilot flying the drone or is the drone flying her?

Buckle up and join us for the exhilarating ride!

“Gripping…. a searing piece of writing.” – The Guardian

“Audiences will be knocked breathless by the end of the piece. Emily Havea (from the sold out season of Black Birds’ Brown Skin Girl) is perfect for the role and her performance will be one audiences will remember for a long time” – Dom Mercer, Director. Read his full interview here.

Grounded is an Edinburgh Fringe First award winner, with a screenplay in development starring Anne Hathaway.

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 23 March at 2.15pm and 7.45pm

Illustration by Aidan Roberts


Cast & Creatives

George Brant

Dom Mercer

Emily Havea

Set and Costume Designer
Jonathan Hindmarsh

Lighting Designer
Alexander Berlage

Sound Designer
Mary Rapp


★★★★½ Brant’s​ words would be nothing without an actor to give them wings, and Emily Havea​, skilfully directed by Dom Mercer (for National Theatre of Parramatta), takes us into the heavens with her, and then breaks our hearts with her fall from impervious god into something nearer a state of grace.

Don’t miss this. It will burn itself into your mind.  John Shand Sydney Morning Herald

 ★★★★ Recommended –  Havea has the goods, bringing her strong stage presence and an aura of confidence and capacity to the roleJason Blake – Audrey Journal

Grounded delivers thrilling theatre, from take-off to landing. A major marvel. Come fly!  Richard Cotter – Australian Stage

 Havea meets the challenge of this absorbing script in a performance that is rich and hungry, powerfully real and grippingly convincing.  [Grounded] is a coup for Riverside, National Theatre of Parramatta, Dom Mercer and his creative team – and especially for Emily Havea.   Carol Wimmer – Stage Whispers 

Emily Havea shines in Grounded which is a compelling, engrossing and suspenseful work  Janelle – Weekend Notes

Grounded is  a role for a versatile actor with an incredible amount of endurance, and Emily Havea has proven to us why she is an actor to watch out for. – Theatre Travels