6 – 15 June 2019

DRIVE is an exploration of fallen, deviant women set against long stretches of open road. It is inspired by the true story of former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak, who in 2007, got into her car and drove non-stop 14-hours from Houston to Orlando to confront her ex-lover’s lover. Disguised in a dark wig, glasses and trench coat, she had in her car a knife, mallet, BB gun, duct tape, rope, photos of women in bondage – and allegedly wore an adult nappy so that she didn’t have to stop.

This new theatrical work re-imagines Lisa’s story and her 14-hour drive, putting the spotlight on a particular kind of female implosion that’s as old as Anna Karenina and Hedda Gabler and as recent as any number of news articles about a woman, usually in her 40s, seemingly the image of perfection, who suddenly snaps, and drives her life into a ditch. Over 50 minutes, DRIVE tracks the unravelling of a highly capable woman, filled with mess, nuance and controlled rage.

The work is situated across four worlds: Space; the inside of a car; the open road; and the realm of Lisa’s imaginings. She drives, but in the back seat of her car, memory and fantasy come and go, like a dark, otherworldly version of Taxicab Confessions. The text is blended with strong choreographic elements and a richly evocative soundscape to mine the terrain of grief, loss, disappointment and the ways we find hope in the darkness.

Pushing together vast galaxies with cramped, hedged-in spaces; loneliness with unfettered desire;
and motherhood with the requirements of being an elite professional, DRIVE asks the ultimate question, how close are any of us, at any time, to snapping? To getting into a car and not looking back?

“Drive was a resplendent theatrical experience gifted by some highly talented artists, whom I sincerely hope to see emerge as prominent and exciting voices in Australian (and international theatre).”
★★★★★ THEATRE PEOPLE

“Drive [is] a great example of Australian independent theatre.”
★★★★ BEMELBOURNE

“As a piece of emerging Australian theatre, Drive is well worth seeing. The story is engaging, the performances moving, and the production value extremely high.”
THEATRE TRAVELS

“Drive - with all the meanings that one word can carry - runs at a mere forty-five minutes – but those minutes are rich and concentrated, conveying more than many plays twice that length.”
STAGE WHISPERS

"Meston captures renegade spirit with nuance and flair, making Drive a sucker-punch."
THE DIALOG

“In a strong performance, Falkland doesn’t disappoint as the astronaut.”
THE BLURB

DURATION
45 Minutes

WARNINGS
Adult Themes | Coarse Language | Sexual References | Loud Noises | Smoke Machine

Written and Created by
REBECCA MESTON
Directed by
SASHA ZAHRA
Dramaturged by
SAFFRON BENNER
Performed by
LIZZY FALKLAND, ASHTON MALCOLM, CHRISTOPHER PITMAN
Sound Design
IAN MOORHEAD
Set & Lighting Design
MEG WILSON
Lighting Design Mentor
CHRISTOPHER PETRIDIS
Choreographer
LARISSA MCGOWAN
Produced by
JULIANNE PIERCE
Photo by
SARAH WALKER
Model
LEAH SHELTON

Theatre Works presents

Drive

By Rebecca Meston