If you’re interested in drama, Oxford has a thriving theatre scene on both a college and university level. Given the current pandemic, it's unlikely that the drama scene will run as normal but our Arts Reps are going to be working hard to ensure those interested get their drama kick from college – the plan is to run read-throughs of play texts, or even to test out and receive feedback on your own material, in college throughout Michaelmas, so keep your eyes peeled!
Your first point of contact with Oxford Drama as a Fresher is ‘Drama Cuppers’, which is an intercollegiate drama competition where each college puts on a short production with a limited cast and crew. You perform in a proper black-box theatre and tickets are cheap so encourage your friends to come along - or feel free to watch other colleges' too. At each performance a judge will be watching and at the end of the week there's an awards ceremony with quite a few prizes up for grabs. Feel free to either perform something in the public domain or write your own script. It's a brilliant way to get into the drama scene and get to know people and we definitely recommend it. Sign-ups close early Michaelmas so do chat to the drama rep Henry at if you're interested.
Every Trinity we aim to put on a college musical, a full scale performance in the Pichette auditorium. If you're interested in costume making, backstage crew, puppetry (yes!), dancing, acting, singing, playing music - then please get in touch with our music rep
In Trinity term, when it's hot and lazy weather we usually aim to put out at least one garden play - a simple (usually classic) performance with a small cast and crew that's performed out on the grass. Certainly a good time for Pimms and lemonade
One of our more recent endeavours - the talent show is held in Hilary term and is free for any student, or group to enter. Watch out for the weekly notices with more info.
OUDS is the Oxford university Drama Society and your go-to place for anything drama-ry. Whether you're in love with the spotlight or prefer to be behind the scenes there are heaps of opportunities to get involved in the huge (and we mean huge) range of performances that are on offer ever term. From hard-hitting realism, stand up comedy, the improvised Imps, or typical theatre productions there's somehtign for everyone. If you've got an idea for a piece too - no fear, there's opportunity for that too - individuals, or groups of friends, bid for slots at one of the various student theatres dotted around Oxford (The Pilch, The BT, The O’Reilly, and even The Oxford Playhouse).
Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards
Pembroke College Performing Arts Fund
Available to students who have incurred costs whilst performing at university level or for whom taking part would cause financial difficulty
Compensation between £100-£500 for subscriptions, travel, equipment and accommodation