Fugard Theatre presented a production of Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet’s powerful and searingly topical play – Oleanna, which opened in The Fugard Studio. Starring award-winning actor and comedian Alan Committie as John, opposite actress and TV star Nicole Fortuin as Carol, this hard-hitting two-hander was directed by the Fugard Theatre’s Resident Director Greg Karvellas.

In Oleanna, a female college student engages with her male professor in a heated discussion about his lesson content and teaching style. The relationship of a somewhat pedantic teacher and his student quickly turns into a fiendishly acute x-ray of the mechanisms of status, censorship, abuse, and a charge of sexual harassment. It examines the explosive and relevant contemporary issues of the assumption of power, intellectual freedom, and sexual politics against the background of academic, institutional, and structural inequality.


First performance
14 September 2018

Final performance
20 October 2018

The Fugard Studio


Alan Committie

Nicole Fortuin

Creative team

Eric Abraham

Daniel Galloway

Associate Producer
Lamees Albertus

Junior Associate Producer
Georgia Lahusen

Greg Karvellas

Set Design
Chris Pienaar

Costume Design
Birrie Le Roux

Lighting Design
Luke Ellenbogen

Associate Lighting Design
Marie Roux

Directing Intern
Siphelo Mtshetsha

Production team

Production Manager
Luke Ellenbogen

Technical Manager
Benjamin du Plessis

Assistant Production Manager
and Lighting Programmer
Sean Whitehead

Technical Stage Manager
Shayna Gleave

Stage Manager
Ulibo Maake

Wardrobe Supervisor
Widaad Albertus

Set Construction
Gerhard Morkel

Dialect Coach
Robyn Scott

Claude Barnardo

Publicity, Copy editor 
Christine Skinner


“Collision course of conflict”

Cape Argus

“Committie and Fortuin deliver brilliant performances nuanced, laced with anguish and passion.”

Cape Times


Die Burger

“A reactionary rollercoaste”

Broadway World SA

“A play that will not let you off the hook…”

Business Day

Production photos