Driving Miss Daisy at Barn Theatre 19 Aug – 17 Sep

Driving Miss Daisy is a story of two people brought together under extraordinary circumstances, and despite their huge differences, they forge a most unlikely friendship which lasts over twenty-five years. The play is a precise fresco of the time and a magnificent eulogy to friendship.

Alfred Uhry’s, Pulitzer Prize-winning, Driving Miss Daisy, is set in Atlanta just prior to the civil rights movement, from 1948 to 1973.

Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, a wealthy, sharp-tongued woman of seventy-two, is informed by her son, Boolie, that henceforth she must rely on the services of a chauffeur.

The person he hires for the job is a thoughtful, unemployed African American, Hoke, whom Miss Daisy immediately regards with disdain and who, in turn, is not impressed with his employer’s patronising tone and, he believes, her latent prejudice.

Gradually, however, Daisy’s prejudices are broken down and, despite their mutual differences, they grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other. Daisy teaches Hoke to read and write, while Hoke encourages Daisy to let go of her insecurities. until eventually they form an inseparable friendship.

Daisy is set in her ways. Hoke is gentle and wise. He grounds her. She teaches him to read. He brings the best out of her.

Classic car for a classic play.

Uhry also won an Academy Award for his screenplay adaptation of Driving Miss Daisy, produced in 1989. The popular film version starred Jessica Tandy, for which she won an Oscar, and Morgan Freeman.

From place to place, from season to season, they shared each other’s lives. A happy, uplifting, feelgood story, of love, loyalty and kindness that will touch your heart.

For more information, and to buy your tickets for Driving Miss Daisy, go to barntheatre.org.uk or call the box office on 01285 648255.

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