The O’Reilly is now accepting bids for Hilary Term 2020.
Applications must be in electronic Form and should consist of:
A director’s statement outlining the artistic merit and potential of the production.
A producer’s statement outlining the financial situation, backing and predicted income of the production, including a comprehensive budget.
A statement from the set designer and technician(s) identifying the set, lighting, sound etc. demands, and the logistical and manpower arrangements needed to meet them.
A marketing director’s statement outlining how the show will be marketed to reach a college, university and city-wide audience.
Where necessary, proof of performance license should also be supplied.
We welcome bids from across the spectrum of the performing arts, from Jacobean tragedies to modern musicals, ballets to realist dramas. We are particularly keen to hear from companies who:
Are committed to putting diversity, access and inclusivity at the core of student theatre.
Have considered the unique capabilities of the O’Reilly as a performance space (for more information on what makes us special please have a look at our Theatre Manual).
Performance slots are in 3rd, 5th and 7th week. All bids should be emailed to , by Tuesday of Week 5 (Michaelmas Term). You can also contact Dorothy with any queries.
All candidates will be interviewed by the O’Reilly Committee and the AV Technician on Saturday of 5thWeek (Michaelmas Term), so please keep this day free.
The Martin Esslin Society is also a funding body, and we can offer grants and loans to productions using the o'reilly, and productions elsewhere which involve Keble students in their crew or production team.
As a guide, MES funding tends to be between £200 and £500 for shows in Oxford, and £500 and £800 for touring or Edinburgh Frnge shows.
grants of up to £500 may be given to shows that meet either of the following minimum requirements:
i. The show is being performed at the O'Reilly Theatre and at least two crew members are current members of Keble College;
ii. The show is being performed elsewhere and at least one of the director, producer, set designer, lighting designer or sound designer is a current member of Keble College.
Shows not meeting these requirements may apply for a loan of up to £500.
All loans offered are pro rata, and any funding (loans or grants) to non-o'reilly productions will be awarded in proportion to the involvement levels of current Keble members in the production.
Funding Applications should include a budget, a description of the production and a request for a specific sum. They can be sent in any time before the end of 7th week, but no applications will be accepted after this date. All applications will be considered in a committee meeting, and no interviews will be held. We will let you know our decision as soon as possible. Funding application forms can be found in 'O'Reilly Forms'
For more information, and to apply for funding, email
Join the Martin Esslin Society
Any keble student is welcome to apply to join the MES committee. A call out for applicants is circulated over the christmas vac each year.
Please note that the committee sits for a term running from hilary to hilary, so applicants must be members of the college for the academic year in which they apply, and in the one following it.