Fringe Review: Grounded

A solo performer on the bare stage, with nothing but a chair and a nebulous backdrop, conjures up a story so real that you can feel with her. Martha Lott gives an incredible performance as a successful fighter pilot whose world spins out of control.

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Martha Lott's performance as a fighter pilot is perfectly grounded and never flies out of control
Overall
5

Reviewed at Holden Street Theatres on 6 March 2019

Presented by Holden Street Theatres

A solo performer on the bare stage, with nothing but a chair and a nebulous backdrop, conjures up a story so real that you can feel with her. Martha Lott gives an incredible performance as a successful fighter pilot whose world spins out of control. She becomes pregnant and can no longer fly; she leaves her military career and the freedom of ‘the blue’. After the birth and her discovering she loves motherhood, she finally returns but the game has changed. No real planes fly the missions, just drones and death is dealt from the other side of the world. The pressure grows and she questions her morality.

Director Poppy Rowley has given Lott the scope to deliver every emotion and we ride the roller coaster with her. The long drives across the desert, the gruelling shifts watching the screen and destroying the enemy then going home to your family. The performance is gripping.

George Brant’s play is well written, a mesmerising piece of theatre first produced in California, already looking to increase his stack of awards. This piece is heartbreaking, emotional and very well told.

Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Twitter: @franeds

Venue:  The Arch, Holden Street Theatres
Season:  6  – 17 Mar
Duration:  70 min
Tickets:  $15 -$28

 

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