Oleanna – David Mamet


Oleanna (David Mamet) is by far the hardest script I have ever had to learn, because of the way he has constructed the characters’ dialogue. Having slaved away at the lines and finally been off-book for the last couple of weeks – I have had time to enjoy his words and peculiar phrasing, where he has captured the broken rhythm of conversation and the interrupted trails of thought.
It has been an interesting few weeks wrestling with the script. There are so many ambiguities in the interactions between the two characters and also within their own lines… many a rehearsal has ended with an hour long discussion with the director about why Carol acted the way she did, did John have a hidden agenda etc, and about individual moments in the text.
What can we learn from this exchange, for example:

CAROL: No. I: when I came to this School
JOHN: Yes. Quite (pause)
CAROL: Does that mean nothing?

There are some great moments in the text which could be played in many ways and which would have a domino effect on the upcoming action – all depending on how you play it.

I would  recommend that anyone who has read the play through once and found it irritating, frustrating or even strongly disliked it, to pick it up again and give it another chance. Mamet’s writing is so unique and SO clever. No matter what you think of the (frankly unpleasant – in my view) characters it is a play which makes some interesting observations.

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(Oleanna in rehearsal)

Shaftesbury Fringe 2017…


I am excited to say that I am currently involved with 2 productions for the Shaftesbury Fringe this year.

RumDoxy Theatre doing Hell Hath No Fury and Anything But Ordinary Productions with Oleanna. Both shows are running for the 3 days.

There are a lot of great things happening over the weekend of 30th June -2nd July so be sure to check them out if you’re in the area – or if you fancy a weekend away to be entertained and soak up some – frankly – beautiful scenery…
[I’m going to be moving in to Shaftesbury for the duration to make the most of what’s on offer – that’s for sure!]

I’ll be posting more about what else you can get up to over the Fringe weekend shortly.

This was just a quick hello to give you a heads up.

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