Hilary was a fantastic term for Balliol Drama. The Pilch’s first full Playbill was a huge success and many of the shows in the venue sold out. The ETC kicked of the term in style with a rehearsed reading of People, Places and Things, Barricade Theatre shocked audiences with their stunning production of Mercury Fur, Straightface Theatre transformed the space with their hilarious and virtuoso production of Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk and the Oxford Review rounded up the bill in style with their Fresher’s show, Horseplay.
The Balliol Charity Musical, Robin Hood, was an obvious highlight and the Charity Officers, Sophie and Rivka did a great job bringing it all together. Special thanks to Milo for handling the sometimes tricky tech of the new Pilch.
Unsurprisingly, the Drama Society received a huge number of bids for next term and we’ve been able to put together an amazing set of shows. Poltergeist Theatre return after their hugely successful, Thark, to transform the Pilch into an Irish pub for their stark rendition of Conor McPherson’s, The Weir; Balliol’s own Gruffdog Theatre will be exploring the absurd world of Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros with their usual combination of puppetry, music and ensemble work and Drame Fatale looks set to wow with their experimental production, of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The ETC will be opening the bill again with their startling take on Orphans by Dennis Kelly.
The Pilch hasn’t been without its challenges in the first term but what has been truly remarkable is how students both in Balliol and across the university have worked together to make sure that the venue not only continued to run, but bore witness to some of the best theatre across the whole of Oxford. We couldn’t have hoped for a better start.
Next term, John Maier and Juliet Flamank will be heading up 1263 Productions and ‘Playlliol’, watch this space for The Goat or Who is Sylvia…