TAFF is the University of Oxford society for theatre technicians and designers, supporting all those working on student drama within Oxford. This includes set, lighting, costume, make-up, sound, and projection design as well as stage and production management. The core of TAFF is a highly active mailing list, with our members being anyone who is subscribed to the list. The list is used by upcoming productions to advertise available team positions, as well as by the committee to keep members up to date on relevant news and events.
TAFF is run by a committee who organise social events and workshops throughout the year, as well as running a hires system for a large variety of props and equipment. They also provide information and advice for anyone involved in Oxford theatre, much of which can be found on this website, and for more specific queries the committee can be emailed and are always happy to help.
If you are looking to get involved in TAFF the first step is to join the mailing list by emailing join.list(at)tabsareforflying.co.uk and then explore to get an idea of what exactly you can be involved in!
Oxford University Film Foundation (ouff)
The Oxford University Film Foundation, previously known as The Oxford Broadcasting Association (OBA) is Oxford's film society. It funds projects, hires out equipment and runs events. It was established in 1981 by Michael Hoffman, now a prolific film director best known for The Last Station and A Midsummer Night's Dream. OUFF's first production Privileged was scored by Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman and starred Hugh Grant, Imogen Stubbs, and Mark Williams.
OUFF accepts bids for potential short film productions on a rolling basis offering funding, free equipment use and the opportunity to be screened at its termly screenings of student films. They also offer advice and support by hosting workshops on various aspects of film-making and by having speakers from the industry give talks.
OUFF holds competitions throughout the year including a screenwriting competition where the winning scripts will be made by production teams who can bid for their favourite script. They also hold a cuppers competition which involves new filmmakers making micro-shorts inspired by three random words as well as having film production competition over the summer.
Oxford BAME Drama Society
The Oxford BAME Drama Society is a student theatre society for students of colour at the University of Oxford who are interested in drama. We provide a space to connect students of colour involved in the creative arts, both on and off stage. We aim to diversify the types of theatre explored on Oxford stages.
The Oxford Imps
The Oxford Imps are a 5* improvisational troupe comprised of Oxford Students and Locals. Performing 'Whose Line Is It Anyway!' style comedy, characters, songs, sketches, musicals, Shakespeare, raps and more are created - based solely on audience suggestions! The Imps perform around the world - USA, Greece, South Africa, The Netherlands - as well as regularly selling out the Edinburgh Fringe. It has been the training ground for many successful alumni, including Rachel Parris & Ivo Graham.
'Devastatingly funny' EdFringe Review *****
'The best improvised comedy I have ever had the pleasure to witness' ThreeWeeks. *****
“Astonishingly brilliant troupe...comedic genius on the spot”. The Cue, National Arts Festival, South Africa