A PLAY about an unexpected road trip is coming to the Mercury Theatre next week.

Angel Exit Theatre’s The Drive recounts an unexpected Nordic road trip which sees two estranged friends thrown together on a tense journey from London to Oslo.

The further Becky and Nat get from home the closer they come to confronting the demons of their shared past.

Spliced through with humour, slick physicality, an original contemporary soundtrack and video projection, The Drive is a show about friendship, grief, the fragility of memory, turning 40 and coming of age in the Nineties.

The Drive is performed by Angel Exit Theatre, which brought audiences The Ballad of Martha Brown, The Secret Garden and Moonfleet.

Created after two periods of research and development, firstly at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis and then at Lighthouse, Poole, The Drive premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe last year.

Director and performers, Lynne Forbes and Tamsin Fessey say: “We felt there was a need to create a piece of work with two women at its centre.

“A show in which female friendship was at the foreground of the storytelling.

“We were also interested in the reconstructive nature of memory and how in the process of remembering we create our own versions of the stories which shape us.

“The use of video projection reflects the content stylistically and adds to the idea that our personal narratives are constructed in the same way that a film is edited and framed; a notion that the writing also explores.”

The Drive takes place in the Mercury Studio space next Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm each night. For tickets, priced £13.50, call the box office on 01206 573948.