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Driving Miss Daisy at Koorliny Arts Centre

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A former newspaper journo and editor, Monique Mulligan is the author of My Silly Mum, Fergus the Farting Dragon, and is a publisher with Serenity Press. Visit www.moniquemulligan.com
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Timeless story of friendship returns
Racial tensions, the passage of time and the experience of ageing will be in the spotlight when Koorliny Arts Centre stages Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer-winning play Driving Miss Daisy from June 14-22.

Now in late-stage rehearsals, the cast is ready to tell the story of an elderly Jewish matron, Daisy Werthan, and her chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn.

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Ben Small and Erik Bibaeff in Driving Miss Daisy


Miss Daisy is none too happy at being told she's too old to drive, and even less happy when her son hires Hoke, a black man, to chauffeur her from one place to the next.

Gradually, however, Hoke wins her over, and during the 25-year span of the play, the two develop a deep-rooted affection and mutual respect grounded in each of their independence, strength, and stubborn integrity.

It's an iconic tale of pride and changing times that highlights the transformative power of friendship and has warmed the hearts of millions worldwide.

Director Jon Lambert says he is thrilled to take up the challenge of staging Driving Miss Daisy. "Alfred Uhry has created such a perfect story already with his text and at no point do we want to take away the originality or emotional context of the material by over-complicating the presentation," he said.

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Suzannah Churchman


Suzannah Churchman, who plays Daisy, said she was delighted to be involved in the production. "Miss Daisy is a beautiful character to play because her role spans two decades," she said.

"We get to see all of her colours, from her initial sassy defiance to her growing awareness of life beyond her self-contained world.

"The themes in Driving Miss Daisy are as relevant today as they were when it was first written and I am delighted to be involved in such a great production."

Driving Miss Daisy is the second production in the Koorliny Arts Centre and Kwinana Industries Council 2019 Performance Season and will show on June 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 7.30pm, with matinees at 2pm on June 15 and 22. Limited seats are available for the matinees.

The play will be shown in Theatre 2, which will have cabaret seating. The bar will be open for drinks and light refreshments, however, guests are able to bring cheese platters and other nibblies to munch on during the show.

Tickets are now on sale and cost $25 standard, $23 concession and $20 children.

For more information visit www.koorliny.com.au or call the box office on 9467 7118.
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When: June 14-22, 2019
Phone: (08) 9467 7118
Where: Koorliny Arts Centre, 10 Hutchins Way, Kwinana
Cost: $20-25
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