The Keble Garden Play

Bids are now open for the inaugural Keble garden play! Student companies from across the university are welcome to bid, and Bid documents should be submitted to by 5pm, Thursday Week 6 Hilary Term 2020. Please see below for more details on the performance space, dates and what to submit. 

The Space

The performance will be held in an outdoor Amphitheatre space just off the main quad in the HB Allen Centre (HBAC). Please note that this is not on the main Keble site, but part of our new postgrad site, a 2 minute walk from the main college.


The stage space is approx. 8.2m x 4.5m. It has end-on stepped seating which can seat 65 people, with room for a further 13 standees behind. There is also a balcony space on the stage left and upstage sides, which can be used for more standees, or for actors. There is an alleyway which can function as a a stage right entrance, and another entrance down a set of steps through the audience. The stage backs onto two, glass-fronted seminar rooms, through which actors could also enter and exit. There is a  (very thin) tree in the centre of the stage; it should not impair any sight lines but will probably need to be included as a feature in the performance. Please see the below photographs of the space. We strongly advise teams considering submitting a bid to arrange a time to come and see the space: to do this, please email


Additional Facilities

The garden play slot comes with access to the Glen Callater Room, a 60 seater conference room. This room can be used to serve refreshments before the show, and as a wet-weather alternative to the amphitheatre.


Dates and Times

The garden play will run from Thursday – Saturday, Week 3 of Trinity Term 2020, with performances every evening, and an additional matinee on Saturday.


The evening performances can begin at either 7pm or 7:30pm. Owing to college entz regulations, it must be finished by 9pm. Companies will have access to the space from 6pm. The start time of the Saturday matinee is at the company's discretion; they will have access to the space from 12pm.


Companies will also have access to the space from 9am – 5pm on Wednesday to allow for a tech and dress run.



  • While we hope to establish the garden play as an annual tradition, it is operating this year on a trial basis, so it is important that these regulations are adhered to strictly.

  • The HB Allen Centre is a residential building, so companies must be mindful of students living and working on the site and keep noise to a reasonable level.

  • No recorded or amplified music may be used in the performances.

  • Companies using the space have access to the ampitheatre space, the Glen Callater Room, and the two seminar rooms behind the ampitheatre (Millie’s Room and Minnie’s Room). These are the only areas which they are permitted to use (this includes storing props, sitting during breaks etc.)

  • As HB Allen is the postgrad site, members of Keble MCR must be able to purchase tickets at a concessionary rate in addition to normal student discount, and companies should budget accordingly.


How to bid

Student companies from across the university are welcome to bid for the garden play slot. Please email your bid document to by 5pm on Thursday of Week 6, Hilary Term 2020. This document should include a synopsis of the proposed play, statements from your core creative team (director, producer, designers etc.), crew biographies and a budget.


Bid interviews will be held on Friday of Week 6, Hilary Term 2020; you will not be sent your interview time slot until after the 5pm Thursday deadline, so please try and keep the day as free as possible, and let us know in your bid email if there are any times you cannot make. As many of your core creative team as possible should attend your bid interview.


If you have any questions, please contact


Image: Stage, end on (view from standing positions)

Image: Audience seating (view from stage) ft. Development officer for scale

Image: Stage (view from upstage balcony)

Image: Stage (view from stage left balcony)

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