Libby Munro is a fighter pilot without wings in her new one-woman show.
Fighter pilots, war, love and family all come together in Queensland Theatre Company’s gripping new show, Grounded.
Returning to the Brisbane stage is Libby Munro, who walked away with a coveted Matilda award after appearing in 2013’s Venus in Fur. Munro will once again take centre stage as she steps into the role of The Pilot, in a one woman show that’s both action-packed and heartbreaking.
“When I read it, I just couldn’t put it down,” Munro says about the George Brant-penned play. “It really grips you from start to finish.
“It’s a strong female role; she’s a fighter pilot and loves what she does. Then she gets pregnant (which isn’t a spoiler) and so she is grounded. She really struggles with that, she wants to fly and she wants to keep the baby.
“As a young woman I think about having a family, but I also love what I do. I want to act and be on stage and have a family. As much as everybody says you can do both, it’s still a struggle. So I think every woman can relate to this.”
In order to prepare for the role, which sees her character become a reaper drone pilot and remotely control a death-dealing robot, Munro has thrown herself into research mode.
“My favourite part of the job is the research, I just get such a kick out of it,” she says. “I’ve been reading books about the history of sky combat to get into the psyche of the character and talking to pilots.
“As an actor, it’s a real blessing to do a one-woman-show. Venus in Fur was a two-hander and it was 92 minutes non-stop. When I read that play I thought “I don’t know if I can do this” it was very challenging. Now that I’ve done it I feel like I can do anything.”
Grounded is playing at The Greenhouse from 29 July to 15 August. For more information visit www.queenslandtheatre.com.au