OLEANNA by David Mamet
Main House, Theatre Royal
When David Mamet’s Oleanna premiered nearly thirty years ago, it caused uproar amongst audiences from New York to London. Writing in the Guardian, Michael Billington stated that it “enflamed passions and divided partners.”
Set on an American campus, a seemingly innocuous conversation between a college professor and his female student warps into a nightmare which threatens to destroy them both, when she files a claim of sexual harassment against him. With its take on the corrosive excesses of political correctness and exploration of the use and abuse of language, this is the ultimate drama of pupil power and student revenge.
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Addressing issues which are strikingly current, this will be a fascinating opportunity to see this landmark play from the perspective of the #MeToo era.
David Mamet is one of the most distinctive voices in stage and film writing today. His multi award-winning plays include Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow and American Buffalo.
“Provocative, powerful and often bitterly funny… thrilling” Daily Telegraph
“Brilliantly constructed and savagely even-handed” Sunday Times
“An enthralling, emotionally-charged battle of the sexes that reaches a heart-pounding climax…. Riveting” Sunday Express