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Grounded (2016) was a theatre production by Teater Innlandet, Nordland Theatre and Franzisca Aarflot Productions, based on the play by George Brant. The premiere took place at Kulturhuset Banken, Lillehammer. The autumn of 2016 the production went on tour with Teater Innlandet, followed by a tour with Nordland Theatre the winter of 2017.

Franzisca Aarflot directed it.

Line Heie Hallem played the role of the fighter pilot who is grounded when she gets pregnant.

Grounded received three nominations for The Hedda Award 2017: Grounded was nominated in the production of the year category, Line Heie Hallem was nominated in the best leading actress category, and Ove Alexander Jamt Dahl, Morten Halle, Christine Lohre and Olav Nordhagen were nominated in the best audiovisual design category. Dahl, Halle, Lohre and Nordhagen were given the award.

The same year, Line Heie Hallem was nominated for Norwegian Critics' Award for theatre for the role.


(Objekt ID 55880)
Object type Production
Premiere September 8, 2016
Produced by Teater Innlandet, Franzisca Aarflot Productions
In collaboration with Nordland Theatre
Based on Grounded by George Brant
Audience Adults
Audience size 1950
Number of events 38
Language Norwegian
Keywords Theatre, Monologue
Running period September 8, 2016  

At the website of Teater Innlandet the following, among other things, is written about Grounded:

"Grounded is a topical play about the human and moral costs of war by drones. How is a person affected by working 12-hour shifts in a bunker in the Nevada desert, hunting for people on the other half of the globe, before going home to her husband and child?

George Brant's prize-awarded play, with the original title Grounded (the production's Norwegian title is Rekyl, meaning Recoil, Sceneweb's comment) has been performed more than 60 places all over the world since the world premiere in 2013. In New York the play has been staged at The Public Theater with Anne Hathaway in the leading role."

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason for the best audiovisual design award to Ove Alexander Jamt Dahl, Morten Halle, Christine Lohre and Olav Nordhagen:

"When theatre is at its best, the singular elements flow together into a whole. Then, we get to experience that just this play had to be conveyed just like this, just now. This year's winner in the category of best audiovisual design is small in format, but great in artistic skill. In close collaboration with the other elements of the performance, the stage design, video and sound design create images both suggesting and expanding the understanding of the material. Music and sound design become part of a whole in which drama and tenderness, sense of adventure and longing find their expressions without overdoing the effects."


The National Library of Norway, production posters, transferred to Sceneweb 19.04.2017

Teater Innlandet, www.teaterinnlandet.no, 02.06.2016, http://www.teaterinnlandet.no/rekyl

The Hedda Award, heddaprisen.no, 19.06.2017, https://www.heddaprisen.no/vinnere/2017

The Hedda Award, www.heddaprisen.no, https://www.heddaprisen.no/nominerte/2017

Norwegian Critics' Association, www.kritikerlaget.no, 26.08.17, http://kritikerlaget.no/saker/de-nominerte-til-kritikerprisene-for-teater-musikk-og-dans-1202

Contributors (10)
Name Role
George Brant – Playwright
Franzisca Aarflot – Direction
Morten Halle – Music
Christine Lohre – Stage design
Lise Søraune – Costume design
Ove Alexander Jamt Dahl – Video/Film
Ronny Klausen – Sound (på Nordland Teater)
Olav Nordhagen – Lighting design
Vegar Angel Nordheim Andreassen – Light (på Nordland Teater)
Line Heie Hallem – Actor
Performance dates
February 16, 2017Black Box, Nordland Teater, Nordland Theatre Show
February 15, 2017Black Box, Nordland Teater, Nordland Theatre Show
February 14, 2017Black Box, Nordland Teater, Nordland Theatre Show
October 5, 2016Kirsten Flagstad salen, Hamar Kulturhus Show
October 4, 2016Kirsten Flagstad salen, Hamar Kulturhus Show
October 2, 2016Kirsten Flagstad salen, Hamar Kulturhus Show
October 1, 2016Kirsten Flagstad salen, Hamar Kulturhus Show
September 25, 2016Scene U, Rådhus-Teatret, Kongsvinger Show
September 24, 2016Storsalen, Åmot kulturhus Show
September 23, 2016Storsalen, Tynset Kulturhus Show
September 22, 2016Kapp Melkefabrikk Show
September 18, 2016Dombås kino og kulturhus Show
September 17, 2016Utgard, Lom fleirbrukshus Show
September 16, 2016Kirsten Flagstad salen, Hamar Kulturhus Show
September 15, 2016Gjøvik Kultursenter Show
September 14, 2016Hadeland Kultursal Show
September 13, 2016Kulturhuset Fagernes Show
September 11, 2016Kulturhuset Elverum, Storstua, Kulturhuset Elvarheim Show
September 9, 2016Kulturhuset Banken, Lillehammer Show
September 8, 2016Kulturhuset Banken, Lillehammer National premiere, Norway
Festivals (1)
Vinterlys February 14, 2017
Press coverage

Lillian Bikset, Den upersonlige krigen blir personliggjort i Rekyl (literally: The impersonal war is made personal in Grounded), Dagbladet September 12 2016:

"The pilot, nameless, is played by Line Heie Hallem. Precisely she steers her through her growing inner conflicts. Initially, she shows off a woman who is driven by her need for excitement. Tough, strong, arrogant, with a physically felt delight from the kick her flying provides her with, sure in her own authority - the authority stated in her by her position. A direct speaker, brash and confronting she finds identity in her uniform. She is proud to be one of the chosen, the military elite. She is competent, and she knows it. In the air, she has courage. But gradually, worn down by the routine of the many hours in front of the screen, of the close-up pictures of the victims, doubt and trauma grow in her. (...) The text is built around pairs of opposites. Physical experiences versus physical distance, to give life versus to take life, technology versus humanity. Brant is conscious of his images, he underlines them in form of repetition, and Ove Alexander Jamt Dahl's video design makes them concrete. The colours: The blue of the sky, the pink of the daughter, the grey of the drone images. To see: The camera eye and the human eye, similarities between the ultrasound photo and the surveillance photos of the desert. Christine Lohre's stage design, too, can be compared to an eye. In the centre of it, a slanted lens, like a radar screen or an iris. It is surrounded by the audience's chairs, placed in the form of the lower contour of an eye."

Awards - Nominations (1)