Discussion Questions and Topics:

Why do you think Athol Fugard calls this “the most important play I’ve written”? 

Thinking Further: How does The Train Driver compare to Fugard’s other works? What are the similarities (in theme, topic, characters) and the differences? How has everything he has written lead to The Train Driver

What does The Train Driver have to say about the human race as a whole and situations that everyone struggles with? 

Is there a topic in today’s news that relates to situations or feelings expressed in The Train Driver?

Pick a theme or topic from those listed below. Write about how it is explored in The Train Driver and how it relates to today’s society. 

SUICIDE

RACE and RACIAL IDENTITY

DEATH

MOURNING (and how we mourn)

POST TRAMAUTIC STRESS DISORDER 

VIOLENCE

What does this play have to say about racial roles in post-apartheid South Africa and the world? 

How does the ending of The Train Driver affect the message of the play (both Roelf digging his own grave and Simon’s spade being taken away)?