Monday 19 August 2019

Hunting terrorists by day, apple-pie mom by night

Anna Coogan

Mostly we let other people think about war. It means we need daring news reports and great performances like that from Jessica Chastain as an intelligence officer in Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-winning film Zero Dark Thirty to shake us out of our complacency.

Actress Clare Dunne is hoping to get us similarly thinking with her performance as an F16 fighter pilot in the Irish premiere of George Brant's play Grounded, which is due to run for one week at Project Arts Centre beginning on September 5.

An unexpected pregnancy ends Clare's character's career as an ace fighter pilot in the sky, and she is reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas - where she hunts terrorists in the Middle East by day before returning to her family each night.

Cleveland-based playwright Brant's multi-award winning drama has been described as "a searing piece of writing" by The Guardian, "a stratospheric level of theatrical intensity" by the Daily Telegraph, and as "a beautiful bit of writing that mixes our moral responses to war, family and motherhood, and throws them out in all directions" by Time Out.

It is being presented as part of Tiger Dublin Fringe, and will be directed by Selina Cartmell and produced by Marie Rooney.

Clare Dunne, who takes the play's solo role, has previously appeared in the title role in Major Barbara at the Abbey, and as Portia in Julius Caeser at the Donmar Warehouse.

There will be performances nightly at 6.30pm and 8.45pm, with matinees on Wednesday 9, Friday 11 and Saturday 12 at 1.00pm.

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