New Writing Festival

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS // OUDS New Writing Festival HT17

The annual OUDS New Writing Festival is putting out a call for scripts for this year’s competition. There are three categories:

~Best New Script~

Four scripts will be selected to be produced at the BT studio in 5th week Hilary. These scripts should be of maximum length one hour and have a maximum cast of nine.

~Best New Single Scene~

We are looking to select six single scenes for the opening gala which last year was held in the Michael Pilch Studio. This has been a monologue category in the past, so we are particularly inviting monologues, but we would be delighted to receive complete scenes of up to 15 minutes in length with any cast size. Scenes or monologues from scripts that are being submitted to the Best New Script award MAY be submitted simultaneously to this category.

~Best New Play for Voices~

This category is for plays that are designed to be heard not seen. These will be recorded in Hilary by a full cast of up to five, and at a maximum length of one hour.

You are welcome to send as many scripts as you wish in any or all categories. Please email all scripts in PDF form to AND with the category or categories you are entering in the subject line. Please give us your preferred email contact, your name and your college in the body of the email. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you remove all traces of your name from the script before sending and save it under an undistinguished title, e.g. NWF17, as this way we can judge the competition anonymously.

The deadline is 11.59 on Friday of 10th week MT (16-12-16). GOOD LUCK!

A note on North Wall submissions:

We are taking simultaneous submissions, but in the event that your script is chosen for the North Wall summer slot we would ask you to withdraw your script from the New Writing competition.

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Production Opportunities

Seeking Producer for Woody Allen Play

GOD// WOODY ALLEN // OXFORD, BATH // Thursday- Monday, Week 4, HILARY // 9th-13th February

Sex, God and Brooklyn Commies!! Interested? You know you are. We are looking for a producer to stage a Woody Allen play in Oxford early next year. Manywhere Productions is an amateur theatre company which has previously performed a sold-out play by Stephen Fry and is now embarking in new, ludicrous adventures in the company of Woody Allen. If you think you have what it takes to be a producer, write to us at:

Seeking Producers for Two Operas


Following last Michaelmas’s The Turn of the Screw, Faded Ink Productions are planning another two operas, joint student/graduate productions. These are:

1. Judith Weir’s The Black Spider, a community opera featuring young people from across Oxford.  Not often performed, lots of fun, funny, a little spooky.  Performing late Hilary/early Easter vac 2017.
2. A new opera based on a true story (title tbc) about a NY Times intern researching Joshua Brown online, the first person to die in a crash in a Tesla self-driving car.  Performing long vac 2017, possibility of touring.  Music by Marco Galvani (Rothschild’s Violin), libretto by Leo Mercer (The Marriage of Kim K, Queueue).

We’re looking for a producer to help bid for funding (from both student bodies and outside grant-making organisations) and make these shows happen (venues still tbc).  Hopefully a pair of fun and exciting productions.  Please email Tim at, giving a rundown of your experience.  We’re happy to have a single producer for both projects, or two taking one each.  Let us know if you have a preference.

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O’Reilly Bids Now Open!

Bids for Keble O’Reilly now open!

The MES are now open for bids to stage a show at the Keble O’Reilly next term. Bids should specify which week you are bidding for (1, 3, 5, or 7) or several weeks you would be willing to accept. Applications must be in by Wednesday of 3rd week this term. Bids must be a single PDF of no more than 2MB. Please send electronic bids to MES Secretary Please note that we will at the very minimum expect statements from your director, producer, designer and marketing manager, and bids should include preliminary design sketches and budgets. Anyone wishing to know more should contact the appropriate committee member: please see the About Us section of the O’Reilly website.  Interviews will be at the weekend of 3rd week.

If you have any questions or need advice on bids please feel free to email any member of the MES committee!

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Peer Support Group for Drama School Applications


I’m looking to get together a group of finalists who intend to apply to drama school this year for a set of informal sessions designed to prepare you for the auditions/interview process. OUDS has had contact from alumni interested in giving advice and possibly holding workshops this term. On top of this, I’m interested in holding workshop sessions aimed at honing audition speeches, and improving improvisation and drama games skills. The overall aim is to build confidence and make sure you have a support system of peers which helps you perform your best when it counts.
For those applying for both acting and directing courses.
Use the contact form if you’re interested and Christopher White will contact you with more information once term starts

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Contact me about either of the following:

Playhouse Surgeries

Have an idea for a Playhouse show? Not sure about funding? Worried about bums-on-seats? Come chat to the OP Programme Director and I in the Burton Taylor Studio, Wednesday 1st Week (12th October) 13.00-15.00. To book a 20-minute slot use the contact form.

Bids for the Playhouse Trinity Term slots are due in 4th Week – so start thinking about what you’d like to put on and do come chat to us even if you’re certain it’s the best idea since Fifty Shades was made into a film.

Professional Theatre Surgeries

On the 19th October (Wednesday 2nd Week) a veteran actor, producer and industry professional (and long-time supporter of Oxford Student Drama), will be coming to Oxford to dispense advice for those looking to become actors, directors, producers or any other role in theatre. There are up to 6 slots available between 11am and 3pm. Use the contact form for a slot indicating what you wish to talk about, your college and your subject. These surgeries have proven to be extremely helpful for those looking to enter the theatre world in the past. They are not open to graduates or to first-year undergraduates. Preference will be given to those in their final year.


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Applications for Workshops with Claude-Michel Schönberg

We are very pleased to announce that the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor for the 2016-17 academic year will be Claude-Michel Schönberg.

Claude-Michel Schönberg wrote the music to Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, two West End and Broadway hits. As part of his professorship Claude-Michel Schönberg wants to run a composition workshop for aspiring stage composers (be that in Opera, Musicals or Soundtracks). Fifteen Oxford students will be selected to attend two workshops per term over the course of this year to develop their current work under Claude-Michel Schönberg’s guidance. Needless to say this is an exceptional opportunity to have your music examined, critiqued and worked on by a master of music for the stage.

To apply please use the contact form with a short biography, brief of the concept you are working on at the moment (no more than 100 words), a score of composed segments and a midi/mp3 file. The deadline is 11:59pm Monday 3rd October – any submissions after this will not be opened. The workshops will run WEDNESDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2-5PM & WEDNESDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2-5PM, please ensure you can make these.

In addition Claude-Michel Schönberg will be presenting his Inaugural Lecture Creation and Immigration at St Catherine’s College in the Bernard Sunley Theatre 17:00 3rd November 2016. To attend please enter the ticketing ballot at

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