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Screenwriters, Playwrights and Directors

Nowhere in the UK can there be a city so packed with theatrical venues, dramatic societies, and gifted thespians as Oxford. Drama thrives at the Hall, and many Aularians have gone on to careers of all kinds in theatre, television and film -- some of them as writers.

With funding from the college's John Oldham Society, productions are often staged in our Old Dining Hall, a remarkable venue for theatrical events of all kinds. Plays are also performed in the churchyard during the summer: it was here that Stewart Lee, Emma Kennedy and Richard Herring put on one of their most successful comedy shows in the late Eighties. Over the years there have been memorable performances in the Saxon crypt of the church, and the College Chapel saw the first performance of the students' annual show Teddy Hall's Got Talent -- which has now moved to the Wolfson Hall, to accommodate a larger audience.

The John Oldham Society's most recent project was to underwrite a production of The Tragedie of MacClegg, written by Hall undergraduates Efraim Carlebach (reading English) and Tom Bailey (reading English and French). The production played at the Edinburgh Festival in the summer of 2012 (pictured right), where it was a sell-out success.

The following screenwriters, playwrights and directors all studied English at the Hall: