‘Drive’ is a highly theatrical show that asks the question: how did a woman so at the top of her game, with a family and a 19-year marriage, fall so spectacularly apart?
Loosely inspired by the story of Lisa Nowak – a former NASA astronaut who drove 14 hours from Houston to Orlando to confront her ex-lover’s (much younger) lover, this theatre show moves at a furious pace.
‘Drive’ has been programmed at Theatre Works
Whilst we have attracted some funding, it is not nearly enough to create and tour a show of this calibre, with all of its production requirements and pay our artists a living wage. As is the case with independent theatre, we are creating the work on a tight budget. Donations, big or small, will be used to put this show on the road, including artist fees, set, costumes, props, production materials plus additional hire of items and transportation.
Bringing this theatrical work to life is writer Rebecca Meston, director Sasha Zahra, dramaturg Saffron Benner, performers Ashton Malcolm, Lizzy Falkland and Christopher Pitman, choreographer Larissa McGowan, sound designer Ian Moorhead, and set and lighting designers Meg Wilson and Christopher Petridis.
‘Drive’ asks us to consider not only the brilliant women amongst us, but also the ordinary woman, the everyday worker, the dutiful friend, the woman raising children – doing it all – and possibly snapping under the pressure.
How we often use this old adage “the truth will set you free”, but what is the actual process of getting free? What do you have to go through first? Is it a dark 14-hour drive made through the middle of a rainy night? How close are any of us to snapping? To getting into our car, accelerating, and not looking back?