Buckle up for an exhilarating ride this March! Riverside's National Theatre of Parramatta (NTofP) will present George Brant's powerful psychological thriller, Grounded, from 14th to 23rd March 2019.

Engaging, fast paced and emotionally charged, Grounded follows the story of a female pilot who matches her male colleagues flight for flight, drink for drink, and drives down the freeway blasting AC/DC.

The pilot's world takes a drastic turn when she is forced to stop flying and become a drone operator. The vastness of flying military jets over deserts and being at one with the blue has now been replaced with drones. Death delivered by remote control. A virtual battlefield.

Grounded is directed by Dom Mercer (Old 505 Theatre's Little Borders and The Block Universe (Or So It Goes), and Sydney Fringe's Silent Theatre); and stars stage and screen regular, Emily Havea (Bell Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Griffin Theatre's Kill Climate Deniers; and TV's Wentworth and Sisters).

Mercer said, "Timely, pointed and unflinching, Brant's script is a rare and brilliant gift for an actor, and Emily Havea is primed to give a tremendous and memorable performance."

Brant's celebrated play is an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First award winner, a Lucille Lortel Award winner and has a screenplay in development starring Anne Hathaway.

NTofP Executive Producer Joanne Kee said, "NTofP is thrilled to present Grounded as our first show in 2019, it's a stand out script having won numerous awards around the globe. In a world where fiction can become fact and fake news is all around us, this story is really important and relevant as it questions our beliefs in the institutions in which we are supposed to trust."

"With rapid advances in technology and virtual reality, it also questions how they are becoming so ubiquitous in our lives, that there may come a time when it is hard to tell which world we inhabit, and do we want to live in that world?"

Playwright: George Brant Director: Dom Mercer Cast: Emily Havea Set and Costume Designer: Jonathon Hindmarsh Lighting Designer: Alexander Berlage Sound Designer: Mary Rapp

Thursday 14th March at 7.45pm
Friday 15th March at 7.45pm
Saturday 16th March at 7.45pm
Tuesday 19th March at 7.45pm
Wednesday 20th March at 7.45pm
Thursday 21st March at 7.45pm
Friday 22nd March at 7.45pm
Saturday 23rd March at 2.15pm and 7.45pm

Tickets: Adult $49, Concession $44 From the Box Office (02) 8839 3399 or Transaction fees: phone $4.60, web $3.60 and counter $2.60. Discounts available for Riverside Theatres' Members.
Venue: Riverside Theatres – Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta