The Train Driver

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ISBN 9780571275205 Format Paperback
9780571275205
Paperback
Published 18/11/2010 Length 96 pages
96

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In December 2000, Pumla Lolwana pulled her three children close to her body and stepped in front of a train on the railway tracks between Philippi and Nyanga on the Cape Flats, South Africa.

This true story demanded Athol Fugard's attention and compelled him to write The Train Driver; a beautiful and haunting play of redemptive power.

The Train Driver received its UK premiere at Hampstead Theatre, London, in November 2010.

'Brave, confrontational and tender . . . Essential theatre viewing.' Sunday Times, South Africa

In December 2000, Pumla Lolwana pulled her three children close to her body and stepped in front of a train on the railway tracks between Philippi and Nyanga on the Cape Flats, South Africa.This true story demanded Athol Fugard's attention and compelled him to write The Train Driver; a beautiful and haunting play of redemptive power. The Train Driver received its UK premiere at Hampstead Theatre, London, in November 2010.'Brave, confrontational and tender . . . Essential theatre viewing.' Sunday Times, South Africa
  • About Athol Fugard

    Athol Fugard was born in Middelburg, South Africa in 1932 and grew up in Port Elizabeth, the setting for many of his plays. After spending two years at the University of Cape Town and working as a deck hand, Fugard took up acting and then started to write his own plays. He moved to Johannesburg in 1958, where he set up a multi-racial theatre, for which he wrote, directed and acted. His plays and attacks on apartheid have brought him into conflict with the South African government, and in 1962 he supported an international boycott against the practice of segregation of theatre audiences.Athol Fugard still lives in Port Elizabeth, and also has a home in New York. Many of his plays are published by Faber in its Contemporary Classics series.

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