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Fri 10 May 2013, 8:00pm
Sat 11 May 2013, 8:00pm
Wed 15 May 2013, 8:00pm
Fri 17 May 2013, 8:00pm
Sat 18 May 2013, 8:00pm

Where: KADS Theatre, Town Square Theatre, Kalamunda, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult, Weds or Fri: $20.00
  • Concession, Weds or Fri: $17.00
  • Adult, Saturday (no concession: $28.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: cicely

Two decades ago, David Mamet’s Oleanna sparked fiery debate amongst critics and theatre-goers about political correctness, gender politics, and sexual harassment. KADS Theatre rekindles this debate by bringing this incendiary play to Kalamunda for its second season of 2013.

Oleanna takes us from a reality where a struggling student comes to a well-intentioned professor for some extra tutelage, and leads us into a nightmarish zone where words are ripped out of context and used as weapons. The consequences are nearly tragic, as teacher and student battle for control over themselves, over each other, and over a grossly distorted situation.

The play made its debut hot off the heels of the widely covered and intensely scrutinized case of Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill, which brought national discussion about sexual harassment to the fore in America. Not only did it shine light on inappropriate behaviors in the workplace and other public spheres, but also it again raised the notion of how language taken in and out of context can alter our perceptions dramatically.

This is the crux of the matter in Oleanna, and Mamet demonstrates just how quickly and easily a sticky situation can become an interpersonal minefield when people begin to manipulate language to maintain or gain power. John and Carol, professor and student respectively, both have much at stake: he, a new house purchased on the basis of his impending tenure; and she, her grade in John’s course which could ruin her collegiate career.

Ultimately, entire institutional power structures hang in the balance, as this student begins to dictate to the professor what can and cannot be said or taught, and what is and is not appropriate educational material and behavior.

The lecturer becomes the lectured; tables are turned, and power transfers from authority to subject. Or does it?

Oleanna is directed by Cicely Binford, and stars Eliot McCann as John, and Amy Russotti as Carol. Book through Lucky Charm Newsagents at Kalamunda Centro on 9257 2668. Visit for more information.