Subjects: Lizzy Falkland (Photographer: Jodie Hutchinson)

Delivering a theatre production based on the true story of former NASA Astronaut Lisa Nowak, who single-handedly took a 14-hour journey from Houston to Orlando to confront her ex-lover’s new, younger girlfriend in 2007, Drive is not your usual road-trip show.

Outlining the story of this high-achieving astronaut, and her fall from grace which was widely documented in the media, this play looks at what the motivations are for people to do what they do everyday, and asks; can they go outside of or change the roles they have, such as mother, lover, or provider?

Drive, a great example of Australian independent theatre and written by writer and theatre maker Rebecca Meston, examines some of the pressure and motivations a highly intelligent and functional person would do.

To say that the play Drive is intense, would be an understatement.

Setting the scene with a handful of lights and perfectly co-ordinated beeps and noises, this play starts quietly but sets the scene for a powerful performance by Lizzy Falkland, who acts Lisa Nowak, and establishes the play with a tense, high-strung tension, that never properly subsides.

Depicting a person who is intelligent and a perfectionist, Lizzy’s performance is compelling and tells of what might be the motivations of a person who feels compelled to take on a 14 hour drive, to rescue a relationship, that might seem to many, beyond repair.

Subjects: Lizzy Falkland and Chris Pitman (Photographer: Jodie Hutchinson)

Giving gentle details of how and what were the circumstances that lead Lisa Nowak to take on such a ‘mission’, the modern touches of Siri and quiet moments of introspection, and powerful characterisations of her ex-lover and his new lover, all speak of the internal conflict and mental and emotional anguish of Lisa that lead her to be in her car driving to Orlando to confront this other woman.

Wonderfully, this play doesn’t attempt to paint a rosy picture, it does not give any real answers as to why or what might have happened after this tense drive. Yet throughout this play we are continually confronted with the internal (and external) demons that drive most people forward and highlight some of the absurdity of our own existence or internal conflict.

Unresolving yet somewhat clarifying, Drive gives a little ray of hope in what is a painful and fruitless situation.

Rating: 8.5/10


Dates: 6 - 15 June 2019

Location: Theatre Works - 14 Acland St, St Kilda

Times: See website for full listings

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