How I Learned to Drive

How I Learned to Drive

By Paula Vogel

NIDA Theatres, Studio Theatre

8–18 June 2022


Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece of the contemporary American theatre is a funny, confronting ‘60s coming-of-age tale that charts a complex, sexually abusive relationship between a young girl and an older man.

With wry humour, Li'l Bit looks back at the driving lessons with her uncle that extended well beyond learning the rules of the road.

Directed by Tasnim Hossain (Yellow Face), this remarkably timely and moving memory play takes us to the heart of a rural Maryland family and shows us the strength of a survivor.

Tasnim Hossain is a director, playwright, dramaturg and screenwriter. Tasnim is currently on the board of the Australian Theatre for Young People. She was most recently NIDA's Associate Artist and a 2020/2021 Australia Council Future Leader. She has previously been a Sydney Theatre Company – Contemporary Asian Australian Performance Directors' Initiative participant, Griffin Theatre Studio Artist, Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre mentee, and Resident Playwright at the Australian Theatre for Young People.

Content warning
This production contains racial and sexual discrimination, sexual themes, grooming, death, mentions of paedophilia, depictions of sexual abuse and substance abuse. How I Learned to Drive is recommended for a mature audience ages 15+.

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