Inspired by the controversy over the Obama administration’s embrace of remotely controlled hunter-killers, playwright George Brant’s Grounded, a play for one performer, tracks a USAF fighter pilot from her exalted place in “the blue” into the colourless, ethically murky realms of drone warfare.
Grounded asks us to consider the intersection of morality and technology in modern warfare, says director Dom Mercer.
“We’re hoping audiences are moved to contemplate some of the human and psychological costs of contemporary military practices which have simultaneously brought the war into our living rooms while keeping the actual combat on the other side of the world.”
The humanity of the theatre experience – real people, in real time and space – makes it ideally suited to the consideration of the impact of the virtual and digital on our lives, Mercer adds.
“Theatre forces you to be in the same room as the performers. We believe in the significance of this and it’s one of the main reason theatre artists and audiences have never left this medium behind. Part of what Grounded examines is what happens when you take that away.”
Emily Havea stars.