Win tickets to see Oleanna

Oleanna is at the Heart of Hawick next weekend
Oleanna is at the Heart of Hawick next weekend

Borders-based theatre company Firebrand’s acclaimed production of Oleanna visits Heart of Hawick on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, and TheSouthern is offering the chance to win two tickets to the opening night performance.

Judy Steele, recipient of the MBE for services to theatre in the Borders, recently praised Firebrand for “bursting on to the Borders theatre scene with professionalism, panache and high production standards” and described the company’s new association with Heart of Hawick as having “got off to a roaring start”.

Award-winning director Richard Baron hopes to continue that momentum with his staging of Oleanna, a highly charged study of power, the education system and sexual politics, which provoked much lively post-show debate when it played in Melrose and Berwick last year.

Richard says, “It’s probably the most talked about and divisive American play of the last 20 years.

“Everyone will have a strong opinion about the story David Mamet tells, but all he will offer is the tantalising statement: ‘whatever side you’re on, you’re wrong’!”

If you would like to make your own mind up by winning a pair of tickets to see the show at Heart of Hawick on Friday, March 16, at 7.30pm, just answer the following question:

Which 1992 David Mamet film starred Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino and Kevin Spacey?

Send your answer with your name, full address and daytime telephone number by email to or by snail-mail to Oleanna Competition, The Southern Reporter, The Hermitage, High Street, Selkirk, TD7 4DA. Usual Southern rules apply.

If you are not lucky enough to win the prize, tickets (£10) can be booked at or by calling the VisitScotland Box Office on 01450 360688 or in person at the venue.

For enquiries or to reserve your place on the Rural Theatre Bus, contact Visit Scotland on 01450 360688.

z THE winner of a pair of tickets to see Dennis Locorriere was Rhona Hastie of Kelso.

Briefs are still available for tomorrow’s show in the Tait Hall, Kelso, priced at £20 from Brown’s Newsagent.