It’s not a weird obsession. It’s a passion alright. It’s not a strange, dangerous perversion. It’s an interest. I have an interest. Remember those?

Against the backdrop of one of the most intriguing events in Newcastle’s recent history we meet Farrah, a teenager obsessed with the industrial port. When a storm forces the Pasha Bulker onto to Nobbys Beach, and the world’s attention turns to the harbour she knows so well, all of Farrah’s plans for the future become grounded in a confronting reality.

This touching and unexpected coming-of-age tale by one of Australia’s most acclaimed playwrights, Alana Valentine, has been co-commissioned by Australian Theatre for Young People and Tantrum Theatre. Capturing the contrasts of an industrial city re-inventing itself in a new century, Grounded looks at the way life can take us to places we don’t expect.

Cast & Creative Team

Mathew Baird-Steele, Dean Blackford, Siobahn Caulfield, Emily Daly, Naomi Dingle, Tamara Gazzard, Scott Gelzinnis, Paul Kelman, Jemima Webber, India Wilson

Toni Main

Set/Costume Design
Marion Giles

Lighting Design
Lyndon Buckley

Sound Design
Allon Silove

Fraser Corfield

Past Productions