The Drive (3 stars)

The Drive

credit: Jack Offord

Buddy road drama has just about enough fuel

If a major life-altering tragedy happens in the pre-internet 1990s and no-one is able to Instagram it for posterity, did it even really happen? The Drive, a deftly performed two-hander from Angel Exit Theatre, sees two women undertaking an unexpected road trip from London to Oslo.

The immediate tension between uptight television producer Becky and the arty, messy Nat drives the story forward, and it becomes clear that the traumatic death of a member of their university friendship group many years before is still a source of distress and animosity between them.

Making good use of an inventive and compact set, The Drive occupies a much bigger space than the small stage it rests on. Unfortunately, the show places too much importance on technology and projection, which are neither precise nor plentiful enough to be effective.

As their individual and contrasting takes on 'truth' unravel, so does the theatrical boundaries of the piece, with the actors deliberately coming out of character to comment on missed sound cues or to ask for scenes that are too emotional to be cut short. This is an interesting structural dénouement in what is otherwise a simple and rewarding story of friendship and obligation.

ZOO, until 19 Aug (not 12 & 13), 11.45am, £10–£12 (£8–£10).

The Drive

  • 3 stars

Angel Exit Theatre with Lighthouse Poole's Centre for the Arts Two women. A fractured friendship. A car full of boxes and a message from a dead friend. An unexpected Nordic road trip sees two estranged friends thrown together on a tense journey from London to Oslo. The further Becky and Nat get from home, the closer…

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