Fools & Kings staged the first London revival of Paula Vogel's extraordinary Pulitzer prize-winning play How I Learned to Drive at Southwark Playhouse.
Presented by DEM Productions, How I Learned to Drive ran 11 February through 14 March 2015. See below for pictures and our trailer.
“I lay on my back in the dark and thought about you, Uncle Peck…”
1969, Maryland, USA. Lil’ Bit is a precocious 17 year old frustrated with small-town life, her juvenile friends and her overbearing family. The only person who really appreciates her is her Uncle Peck. Told through a series of driving lessons throughout her adolescence, How I Learned to Drive explores the troubled relationship between a young girl and an older man with chaotic theatricality, hilarity and heartbreak. This shattering and provocative love story delves into the darker realms of sexuality and family life.
“Heartbreaking and wonderful… one of the most discomforting love stories to emerge from the American theatre…” The New York Times
“Stunning…an extraordinary play. One of the most gripping stories told on the stage in years.” Village Voice
“A shattering as a high- impact collision.” New York Daily News
“Extraordinary… an almost breathless tension.” The Times
Li’l Bit Olivia Poulet
Recent credits include Mark Ravenhill: Product (Assembly Rooms Edinburgh), The Captain of Kopenick (National Theatre), Pablo Neruda (Arcola), Fred’s Diner (Chichester Festival Theatre), Shivered (Southwark Playhouse) and Top Girls (Chichester/West End).
Recent film and television credits includes The Thick of It, Without You, Outnumbered, Silent Witness, A Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Day of the Flowers and In the Loop.
Uncle Peck William Ellis
Recent stage credits include Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith), This Happy Breed (Theatre Royal Bath), The Importance of Being Earnest (West End) and The Voysey Inheritance (National Theatre).
Recent film credits include Queen of the Desert directed by Werner Herzog, and Great Expectations directed by Mike Newell. Recent television includes 24: Liver Another Day, The Guilty, 13 Steps Down, Parade’s End and Hustle.
Holly Hayes Female Greek Chorus
Recent stage credits include All Things Considered (Hampstead Theatre), Taking Sides (Criterion Theatre), A Life of the Mind (BAC), La Bête (Hammersmith Lyric/Broadway) and Crimes of the Heart (Man in the Moon Theatre).
Recent film and television credits include Big Top, Living It, Hothouse, 1408.
Joshua Miles Male Greek Chorus
Recent stage credits include Stink Foot (Yard Theatre), Unidentified Item in the Bagging Area (Old Red Lion), Hansel & Gretel (The Dukes Lancaster), Pages from My Songbook (Manchester Royal Exchange), The History Boys (Sheffield Crucible), Bully Boy (Royal & Dergate) and The Way of the World (Chichester Festival Theatre).
Recent television credits include Doctors, Vicious, Preston Passion, Holby City, The Royal and Waterloo Road.
Bryony Corrigan Teenage Greek Chorus
Recent stage credits include The Nativity Play Goes Wrong and Lights, Camera, Improvise!. Bryony recently graduated from LAMDA, where her credits include Pornography, Sweeney Todd, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Duchess of Malfi.
Recent television credits include Holby City, Inspector George Gently, Downton Abbey and Harlots, Housewives and Heroines.
Director Jack Sain
Producers Jessica Campbell & Ramin Sabi
Designer Katharine Heath
Assistant Designer Ellen Bean
Lighting Designer Ziggy Jacobs
Composer/Sound Designer Nathan Klein
Stage Manager Emily Deller
Poster Design Rebecca Pitt
Trailer Zoya Films
Rehearsal shots. Hover on the images to slide left and right, or click on the images to scroll left and right.
A Zoya Films production
Directors | Dylan Holmes Williams & Ben Cohen
Director of Photography | Anatole Sloan
Composer/Sound Designer | Nathan Klein (www.nkcomposition.co.uk)
Gaffer | Roland Walters
Costume & Make-Up | Kat Heath & Ellen Bean
1st Assistant Camera | Edward Conder
1st Assistant Director | Lizzy Mansfield
2nd Assistant Director | Cecilia Wright
Photographer | Jack Sain
Producers | Jack Sain, Ramin Sabi & Jessica Campbell