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What are we?

The O'Reilly is one of Oxford's newest student theatres — it opened in 2002 and is located in the grounds of Keble College. It has a seating capacity of roughly 200 (depending on configuration) and its technical capabilities and range of staging options make it one of the most popular performance spaces in Oxford, with its three termly performance slots much sought after by student companies.

The O'Reilly has excellent technical facilities: all productions in the space have access to an extensive lighting rig and sound equipment, as well as video projection technology. Seating can be rearranged to allow for plays in round, thrust and traverse formations. There are also two balconies, one of which can be used to seat orchestras or bands. For more information about the technical side of the O'Reilly, email Keziah Owusu-Attuahene [].

The O'Reilly is managed by the Martin Esslin Society, who are also responsible for selecting the productions staged in the theatre each term. We aim to offer an exciting, diverse and high quality season of shows each term, and encourage production companies from across the university to apply for performance slots. For more information about the bidding process, please visit the 'FAQs and Bids' section of our website.  


The O'Reilly is also on Facebook, please check out our page:

Where are we?
The O'Reilly overlooks Newman Quad in the grounds of Keble College. Visitors should enter the college  through the Blackhall Road entrance, or via the Porter's Lodge (located on Parks Road). Wheelchair users are advised to use the entrance on Blackhall Road, where there is a lift providing access to the theatre's main floor.
For more information about how to find the O'Reilly, see the "FIND US" page of the website.
Who are we?
During term time, the O'Reilly is overseen by the Martin Esslin Society, a student-run committee appointed for a twelve month term at the beginning of each Hilary term. The theatre technician also sits on the committee, and is responsible for all technical aspects of the O'Reilly. The current MES committee are:

President - Keziah Owusu-Attuahene (she/her) []

Keziah supervises all of the Martin Esslin Society's affairs, from the day-to-day running of the O’Reilly, to funding applications made to the society.  Directors should contact Keziah with any queries about the O'Reilly, and any major website queries should also be directed to her. 


See below for who to contact with other queries.

Marketing and Outreach Manager - Lindley Trueblood (he/him) []


Lindley is the first point of contact for marketing teams. He oversees the O’Reilly's print and online marketing, and can assist marketing teams with raising the profile of their shows. All print material for O'Reilly productions should be sent to Lindley for approval as soon as it is available.

Lindley also oversees the development of the O'Reilly - and through this, Oxford theatre more generally - as a space continuing to focus on encouraging diversity in the theatre. Any queries relating to diversity and development should be directed to him.

Treasurer - Yogya Gupta (she/her) []

Yogya is the first point of contact for any financial queries (for bids or funding applications). Yogya is also responsible for contacting companies about productions fees and payment deadlines. All applications for grants/loans should be directed to her.

Secretary - Monica Laudini (she/her) []

Monica oversees all the administrative tasks of the O’Reilly, and should be your first point of call for any information about the O’Reilly not listed in the above descriptions. When the O’Reilly bids are due in (usually the Wednesday of 5th week the term before the show), you should send your bids to Monica, who will coordinate the date and time of your bid interview (interviews are usually held on Saturday of 5th/Sunday of 6th).

Keble Conference and Events Manager  - Bronwyn Friedemann (she/her) []


Bronwyn is currently responsible for overseeing the management of the O'Reilly, while the college looks to appoint a technician. Normally, the technician is responsible for overseeing the technical aspects of the O’Reilly, and will be present during your get-in and get-outs to assist. They also inform and oversee the safety of your production.

For the time being, please contact Emi with any technical queries (lighting, sound, facilities and staging).


To see the past committee members click here.

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