Directing a power struggle

A KILKENNY woman is directing a national tour of David Mamet’s play Oleanna that will include performances in Barnstorm Theatre Company’s space, The Barn, on July 15 and 16.

A KILKENNY woman is directing a national tour of David Mamet’s play Oleanna that will include performances in Barnstorm Theatre Company’s space, The Barn, on July 15 and 16.

Performed by Company D, this two-person play takes the audience is taken on a stormy and, at times, uncomfortable journey into the modern issues of sexual harassment, gender roles and stereotypes.

Oleanna presents both sides of an epic power struggle between Carol – a bitter student struggling at university and using her age and gender to destroy the professor who, she believes, has failed her – and John, a university professor on the verge of being granted tenure who has let his position go to his head.

Oleanna is directed by Kilkenny’s Ruth Calder-Potts and stars David Scott (Company D’s artistic director) as John and Sinéad O’Riordan (a recent graduate of Company D’s Applied Art of Acting programme) as Carol.

Company D is an independent theatre company dedicated to perfecting, encouraging, supporting and exhibiting new actors to the theatre-going public. Company D was formed in September 2006 by David Scott with a group of like-minded actors and in four years the company became a focal point for the nurturing of cutting-edge new work and new actors in Irish theatre. Oleanna is Company D’s 16th production.

Admission is €15 (€10 concession) and the performances will begin at 8pm.