Road Train is a play that aims to increase young drivers’ awareness of being on the roads, and is the result of a collaboration between the Sydney Theatre Company and the NRMA.
Written and directed by Stefo Nantsou, Road Train tells the story of teenagers Ryan (John Shrimpton) and Karla (Ellen Bailey) living in a rural town where a car represents a ticket to freedom. Nantsou describes Ryan as “a character who’s got everything, a beautiful girlfriend, loving parents… The play heads towards this feeling for the character that he can do anything, anytime… He represents what the whole essence of the project is about.”
This feeling of invincibility probably contributes to such a high prevalence of accidents involving P-platers; according to the Roads & Maritime Services one dies every six days on NSW roads, and one in three will be involved in an accident within their first year of driving.
Before Road Train commences its regional tour across NSW and the ACT there will be an opening performance at Wharf 2. (HC)
May 20, Wharf 2, Sydney Theatre Company, Pier 4, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay, free (bookings required), 02 8741 6639, sydneytheatre.com.au