Sam and Kelly are best friends. At fourteen years old, they spend their lives waiting for texts, for boyfriends, for something exciting to happen, for their moment to arrive. Could it be the arrival of Aisha, the new girl from India? They talk about sex, fantasies, who’s in and who’s out. Bored with school, the girls skip class to hang out at the truck stop on the highway. A truck pulls up. Their hearts race. The trucker’s kind of young. And hot. Three words change their lives. “I dare you.”
Based on real events, this gut-punch of a play by Australia’s Lachlan Philpott shines the headlights on sex, gender, and growing up in the digital age.
Winner Best Play for Young Audiences Australian Writer’s Guild Awards 2013 (The AWGIE [Australian Writers Guild Award for Industry Excellence] for Best Play for Young Audiences)
On the Australian Premiere:
‘a salutary insight into worrying contemporary teenage sexual mores and the resulting pressures ….disarmingly sophisticated, complex and well written…neither didactic nor sensational.’ Australian Stage
‘This is a play I cannot recommend highly enough. Writing about it doesn’t really do it justice. This is a play you just need to see. Now.’ Jane Simmons Shitonyourplayblog
★★★★★ Critic’s Choice
‘A gritty, playful and fast-moving story told from multiple perspectives and in many voices. He puts the language of the schoolyard and that of marginalised people through the poetic and rhythmic sieves of a theatre writer but it still comes out sounding truthful and real. Sam, Kelly and Aisha emerge as distinctive personalities, not just different facets of a social problem. He has a tuned ear for the grown-ups, too: a stealthily interrogative school counselor; parents who have given up on their kids; Aisha’s protective and dismayed mother… Parents and educators may find Truck Stop confronting for its refusal to judge as much as for its subject matter. Adolescents who see it (and they should) might find it confronting, too, though in a different way. It’s not often they see themselves represented with this kind of clarity, honesty and respect.’ Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald
‘As a piece of playwriting it is daring, well-crafted, compelling and deeply effecting. This isn’t a piece of writing to prove a stylistic flourish – this is a remarkable piece of playwriting. Lachlan Philpott’s Truck Stop is not only a very entertaining and engaging play, but one of the most culturally important, artistically significant and socially relevant portraits of where we are, right here and now.’ Augusta Supple Theatre Blog
‘a funny, complex and confrontational play’ Mark Piggot Sydney Arts Guide.