The saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” was certainly a thought of mine after leaving the Theatre Royal in Brighton last night! I went to see Driving Miss Daisy and to be totally honest wasn’t really that excited to see it but I’m so glad I did!
I didn’t have a clue what it was about but know it involved a car and someone called Daisy. This was true, but there was so much more to the story. It was hilarious and heartwarming at that same time.
Whenever a show only features a few cast members I’m always worried it will get boring but the 3 strong cast consisting of Dame Siân Phillips, Derek Griffiths and Teddy Kempner was just right!
Seeing the relationship between Daisy (Dame Siân Phillips) and Hoke (Derek Griffiths) evolve on stage was very heartwarming, the play spans 25 years so as you can expect a lot happens in those years but there relationship only gets stronger.
Set in 1948 Atlanta, Daisy Werthan is an elderly widow in denial about the fact she should no longer be driving! So her son takes it upon himself to hire her a chauffeur in the form of Hoke a African American. With prejudice and inequality rife during that time, this play shows how there friendship and people perspectives change over time.
The staging was very basic and didn’t change during the interval however it was used very well. The driving scenes were acted out without an actual car prop, but with just a steering wheel prop which I think worked really well. It was moreabout the acting rather than the staging and props.
Driving Miss Daisy is at the Theatre Royal Brighton until Saturday 23rd September 2017 with shows every evening at 7:45pm and matinee performances Thursday & Saturday at 2:30pm. Click HERE to book!