Alexandra is a second year studying English Literature at Merton College. Recent acting credits include The Furies (Oxford Playhouse, MT14), Frankenstein (Keble O’Reilly, TT14) and the short film No Providence (MT13). Backstage work includes co-producing Tartuffe (Corpus Christi Auditorium, HT13) and working on the production teams of Playhouse shows The History Boys (TT14), Semi-Monde (HT13) and The Producers (MT13).
Favourite children’s book: Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Meet the cast of His Dark Materials
Thomas is a third year studying Classics at St Benet’s Hall. Since he arrived at Oxford he has performed in Another Country (Oxford Playhouse, HT13), Arcadia (Oxford Playhouse, MT13), The History Boys (Oxford Playhouse, TT14), 1984 (Keble O'Reilly, TT13) and the 2013 OUDS National Tour of Alice in Wonderland in London, Oxford and the Edinburgh Fringe. Tom spent this summer on the Guildhall Drama Course.
Favourite children's book: Percy the Park Keeper: The Rescue Party by Nick Butterworth
Theodore is a third year studying Medicine at Wadham College. His Dark Materials is his second play in Oxford, the first being Our Country's Good (O’Reilly, MT14), in which he played a tormented Irish hangman and an old racist military fart. Before Oxford, Theo had a rather checkered career in local Am-Dram, playing a diverse range of parts such as Sir Evelyn Oakley in Anything Goes, Joseph Carcin in Jean Paul Satre's No Exit, Freak the Street Rat in Ratbags, and Friedrich in The Sound of Music.
Favourite children’s book: The Incredible Adventures of Professor
Branestawm by Norman Hunter
Robyn is a second year studying Ancient and Modern History at Keble College. Whilst at Oxford, she has performed in her college’s Cuppers entry Cassette (MT13); the musical Chess (St John’s Auditorium, HT14); and Blue Stockings (Simpkins Lee Theatre, TT14). Before coming to Oxford, she was a member of the Liverpool Empire Youth Theatre and the Young Everyman/Playhouse Youth Theatre.
Favourite children’s book: The Fire Within series by Chris d'Lacey
Lord Asriel/Farder Coram
Christian is a second year studying Biological Sciences at Queen's College. His most recent acting credits include NSFW (Edinburgh Fringe, 2014) and The Noise (Short Film, TT14). He also starred in his college’s Cuppers entry Joseph K (MT13). Before Oxford, Christian attended Best Theatre Arts and performed in various school productions including Les Miserables (as Javert).
Favourite children's book: A Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Nia is a third year studying Law at St John’s College. His Dark Materials is her first production in Oxford, and she’s super excited to be part of the cast. Before coming to Oxford she appeared in several musicals with the Beck Youth Theatre, and also performed in the West End productions of The Lion King and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Favourite children’s book: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Emma Hewitt is a second year studying English at New College. At Oxford her stage credits include playing Jane in Absurd Person Singular (Cuppers, MT13) and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream (TT14). Last year she also supported her interest in drama as Stage Editor for the Cherwell. Before Oxford, Emma regularly performed in plays at her sixth form college and was part of the Young Actors Company.
Favourite children's book: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
Christopher is a third year studying Philosophy and Theology at Jesus College. Previous appearances in Oxford include Blue Stockings (Simpkins Lee, TT14), Let Your Hair Down (BT Studio, TT14), Cocktail Sticks (Brasenose Chapel, MT13), Saved (BT Studio, MT13) and Chastity on the Verge (BT Studio, TT13). Appearances elsewhere include NSFW (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014), The Clodly Light Opera and Drama Society (Watermill Theatre, Autumn 2011), Bullets and Beetroot Lips (Watermill Theatre, Autumn 2010) and The Three Musketeers (Watermill Theatre, Spring 2010). His debut stage play, Role Call, was produced at the BT Studio last term.
Favourite children's book: The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
Master of Jordan/Iorek Byrnison/Brother Jasper Hamish Forbes
Hamish is a second year reading History and Politics at Merton College. His first acting experience was his college Cuppers entry, Hot Fudge (MT13, Nomination for Best Supporting Actor). Since then he has acted in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Keble O’Reilly, HT14) and Jumpy (BT Studio, TT14). In 2014 he travelled with Macaroon Productions to the Edinburgh Fringe to perform Lucy Kirkwood’s NSFW.
Favourite children’s book: Moominsummer Madness by Tove Jansson
Professor of Astronomy/Top-Hatted Man/Lee Scoresby
Olly is a second year studying Classics at St Hilda’s College. His acting credits include college productions of Cyrano de Bergerac (Jacqueline du Pre Auditorium, MT13) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (JdP, HT14); writing, directing and starring in Cell 7, a sitcom for Oxide Radio (Wheatsheaf, TT14); and numerous appearances in the Audrey sketch shows last year. Later this term he will put on his own sketch show Jackson & Grumitt: Planet Marmalade (BT Studio, MT14).
Favourite children’s book: The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
Salcilia/Bear-Keeper/Dr Sargent/Stupid Bear/Grimhild Jay Jivani
Jivani is a third year studying Psychology and Philosophy at St John's College. Their previous Oxford credits include 100 (BT Studio, MT13) and Let Your Hair Down (BT, TT14). This is their first O'Reilly show and they are very excited to be a part of it, as His Dark Materials was one of their favourite childhood books.
Favourite children’s book: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett
Professor Hopcraft/Kaisa/Chief Bear/Church President/Tullio
Hugh is a third year studying Medicine at St Catherine’s College. His previous acting credits include Phèdre (Merton Chapel, HT13) and The Comedy of Errors (Merton Gardens, TT14). He also acted in his college Cuppers entry Tales of the Unexpected (MT12). Before coming to Oxford he took part in a large number of school productions and was a member of the local drama club.
Favourite children’s book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Rebecca is a second year studying Medicine at St. Catherine’s College. This is her first Oxford production. She has previously performed in school productions and at Colchester’s Headgate Theatre, in My Mother Said I Never Should (2013) and as Sephy in Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses (2011). Becky was also involved with St. Teresa’s Amateur Repertory Society, whose annual Songs from the Shows production raises large amounts of money for charity.
Favourite children’s book: Muddle Earth by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
Zoe is a second year studying History at Christ Church. She first got interested in drama by taking part in her college’s Cuppers performance The Twin Paradox which went on to win Best Performance. She was an Assistant Stage Manager for Semi-Monde at the Oxford Playhouse and in Trinity term 2014, she once more acted performing in Lord of the Flies at Keble O’Reilly theatre, followed by a performance the next week as Mrs Hardcastle in Christ Church’s garden play of She Stoops To Conquer. Before coming to Oxford, Zoe had enjoyed being part of her local drama club, whilst also doing examinations with LAMDA.
Favourite children's book: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Alexander is a third year studying Maths and Philosophy at Balliol College. He acted in the 2012 Balliol Charity Musical Shrek, and was the Musical Director for the 2013 Charity Musical Beauty and the Beast. In year 7, he played MacDuff’s son in the school production of Macbeth, and has never recovered from the indignity of being carted off stage by a sixth-former.
Favourite children’s book: The Last of the Sky Pirates by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
Billy Costa/Grendella/Paolo Rebecca Pannett
Rebecca is a second year studying Fine Art at The Queen's College. Her artwork focuses on drawing and animating narratives and characters, and she was part of a local Amateur Dramatics society at home. For the last five years, she has been lead singer for a local band for the fast five years, playing at local venues and open mic nights. Since being at Oxford she performed in the Queen’s Cuppers entry Joseph K (MT13, nomination for Best Supporting Actress).
Favourite children’s book: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Thorold/Golden Monkey/John Faa/Library Assistant James Soulsby
James is a second-year studying Law at St. Hugh’s College. His Oxford credits include Simba in his college Cuppers entry The Incomplete Works of Shakespeare (MT13, nomination for Spirit of Cuppers); The Boomer/Bernie the Bandit in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Keble O’Reilly, HT14); Holmes/Radleigh in Blue Stockings (LMH Simpkins Lee, TT14); and Alfred in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Corpus Christi Auditorium, TT14). Before Oxford, James performed in many school plays, including as Young Pig in Animal Farm and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has also taken part in numerous projects with Northern Stage.Favourite Children's Book: ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ by J.K. Rowling.
Tony Costa/Cawson/Lord Boreal/Dr West William Yeldham
Will is a second year studying English Literature at University College. He always seems to end up playing villains or just thoroughly unpleasant people. At school he played the pivotal role of Angel number 3 and assorted farmyard livestock in various nativity plays. However, since coming to Oxford things have looked up. Previous credits include Our Country's Good (Keble O’Reilly, MT14), The Man of Mode (University College Gardens, TT13), A Comedy of Errors (Merton Gardens, TT13), The Bear (The Wheatsheaf, HT13), The Mikado (Corpus Christi Auditorium, HT13) and Ruddigore (Corpus Christi, MT13). Will is also co-president of the Univ Players.
Favorite children's book: The Hermit and the Bear by John Yeoman and Quentin Blake
Retired General/Iofur Raknison/Jopari/Dr Cade Daniel de Lisle
Daniel is a second year studying History at St. Hugh's College. This is the first production he has acted in at Oxford, having directed Polly by Howard Coase (BT, HT 14), which won Best Production at the New Writing Festival, and technical directed his college Cuppers entry The Incomplete Works of Shakespeare (MT 13). Before coming to Oxford, he acted and directed at school.
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Ella McNulty is a first year studying English at LMH. She has acted in cuppers at Oxford. She played Emmeline Pankhurst in The St Mary Abbots 2006 year six play: Mary Poppins. She has sung in several school choirs.
Favorite children's book: The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden