The Train Driver

by  Athol Fugard

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m

"A deceptively simple but devastating critique of post-apartheid South Africa...essential theatre viewing" – South Africa Sunday Times

Fugard "remains a natural-born storyteller."

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The Train Driver

by  Athol Fugard

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  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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Roelf, a train driver, has spent weeks searching for the identities of a mother and child he unintentionally killed with his train. After a fruitless journey through shanty towns, he encounters an old gravedigger named Simon who helps the desperate man unburden his conscience. Based on a true story, The Train Driver is a soulful exploration of guilt, suffering, and the powerful bonds that grow between strangers.
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“Four stars! Fugard shows that potent, engaged theater is not yet six feet under!” -David Cote, Time Out New York

“Riveting drama! -Linda Winer, Newsday

“Moving! Fugard writes with compassion and insight!” -Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

"Agonizingly well-acted and directed with unflinching honesty." -Marilyn Stasio, Variety


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
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Cast Attributes

  • All Male
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)



Athol Fugard

Athol Fugard is an internationally acclaimed South African playwright whose best-known work deals with the political and social upheaval of the apartheid system in South Africa. He was educated at the University of Cape Town. His plays include The Captain's Tiger, Valley Song, My Children! My Africa, A Lesson from Aloe ...

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