Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the Martin Esslin Society and what do they do? How do I contact them?
The Martin Esslin Society oversees the O'Reilly Theatre during term time. Information on and contact details for the current committee members can be found on the 'ABOUT US' tab.
How frequent are o'reilly performances?
The O’Reilly hosts student productions in 3rd, 5th and 7th week of Michaelmas and Hilary. The shows usually run from Wednesday to Saturday, with evening performances at 7.30pm. Some shows choose to start on the Tuesday, and some choose to have a Saturday and/or Sunday matinee at 2.30pm: please see What’s On and individual productions’ websites for more information.
HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS?
ticket prices are set at the discretion of individual companies, As a rough guide, Prices usually range from £7 to £9, although musicals or technically ambitious shows may cost more. We recommend that all companies offer a student discount, but this is at the discretion of the producer. Similarly, Complimentary tickets must be reserved for the MES but any further comps are be issued at the Producer’s discretion.
Where can i buy tickets?
who can use the O'Reilly?
Anyone at Oxford University or Oxford Brookes can bid to put a show on in the O’Reilly: teams must be made up of at least 80% Oxford University students, in accordance with OUDS regulations (although MES and the O’Reilly operate independently of OUDS, and are subject to their, or any other external regulations, in an advisory capacity only).
Any queries regarding the use of the O’Reilly outside the allocated performance weeks should be directed to Janet Knight, the college's Accommodation Manager [firstname.lastname@example.org]. please be aware that the hire fee for the O’Reilly is significantly higher when it’s not being used for theatrical purposes.
Any queries regarding the use of the O’Reilly during a performance week should be directed to the President and the Producer of the current show; please note that this will be limited by the availability of the space and will be at the Producer’s discretion.
How much does it cost to put a show on?
We try to keep the cost of using the O’Reilly fairly low. The hire fee is £350 for the week, and The technician fee is £150, making a total fee of £500. if a production does not meet its breakeven, the producer may apply for a rebate of £50. We also request a £200 deposit which will be returned to you once it has been ascertained that you have followed all the O’Reilly regulations (a manual will be sent to you in the case of a successful bid).
For queries on how to budget a show (production costs, marketing costs, rights etc.), please visit www.ouds.org, where a sample O’Reilly budget is available for information. The OUDS committee is also a useful source of information for production inquiries, and MES will also endeavor to assist productions with any queries they may have. As a guideline, most O’Reilly productions aim for a breakeven of 30% to 40%.
What should a bid include?
A bid for the O’Reilly should include the following: team statements and biographies (even at the bid stage this should include Director, Producer, Marketing Manager, Production Manager, Designer and, ideally, Sound/Lighting Designers), a preliminary budget and initial design sketches. All companies who bid will be invited to an interview, which the entire creative team should attend. A committee member from OUDS may also be present on an advisory capacity.
How big is the O’Reilly, and how many people can it fit?
You can find an updated version of the O'Reilly Theatre Manual under Documentation/O'Reilly Forms.
For any other queries, feel free to contact the Theatre Technician.
Do you have a Facebook page?
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Hilary 2020 Bids
We are now accepting bids for Hilary 2020 (performance slots in 3rd, 5th and 7th week). The deadline for submission is Tuesday of Week 5 (Michaelmas).
Please see the perform here section of the website for more details, and email with any queries.
The Martin Esslin Society will consider funding applications from production companies using the O'reilly, and from productions based elsewhere which involve keble students in their cast or creative team.
You can apply to MES for funding by completing the Application Form, in the 'O'Reilly forms' section of the website. As a guide, MES usually offer funding of between £200 and £500 for productions in Oxford, and between £500 and £800 for touring or Edinburgh Fringe productions.
For more information please see the 'perform here' section of the website.