Oxford Opening Night

an honest independent review blog of Oxford's vibrant student theatre scene

Our Team

If you are an editor or have reviewed 3 or more shows, you are eligible to be featured on this page! To register interest in joining our team, please email oxfordopeningnight@gmail.com. Here are our dedicated reviewers:


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Leanne is a law student at Somerville College and joined OON in Hilary 2019. In Trinity 2019 she was appointed co-head, and in Michaelmas 2019 head editor. Her OUDS theatre credits include the lead roles in the Brasenose Arts Week musical ‘Politically Inept’ (TT19) and the Trinity Lawns Musical ‘Gatsby at Trinity’ (TT19), as well as Lady Nijo in Caryl Churchill’s ‘Top Girls’ (MT18), Young Isabelle in ‘Bandages’ (HT19), Anna in ‘The New Order’ (HT19), and a singer in ‘My Mother Runs in Zig-Zags’ (TT19). She is also a professional audiobook narrator and voice actor, and project manages for production company The Online Stage, producing works for distribution on Amazon Audible and other platforms.


Sam is a law student at Somerville College and joined OON in Trinity 2019; he was appointed editor in Michaelmas 2019. Sam once co-directed a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and he particularly enjoys reviewing comedy and tragedy. While usually content to observe or manage from behind the scenes, he has occasionally appeared onstage, and at one point performed in front of Sir Ian McKellen to celebrate the actor’s 80th birthday.


Emily is an English student at Lady Margaret Hall and joined OON in Trinity 2019; she was appointed editor in Michaelmas 2019. When not travelling great distances into town from LMH, she enjoys watching, writing and participating in anything theatrical. She has loved taking part in Oxford drama over the past year, such as in ‘Gatsby at Trinity’ (TT19). Other writing credits include the Cherwell newspaper, through which she has enjoyed meeting and interviewing a number of significant personalities in the theatre world.


Sophia is a Classics undergraduate at St. John’s, and joined OON in Michaelmas 2019; she was appointed editor in Hilary 2019. Living in Stratford-upon-Avon outside of term time, frequent visits to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre first sparked her love for anything theatrical. As a culture editor for Tabou magazine, she also has a particular interest in the portrayal of disability in live theatre, and enjoys writing, acting, and designing props and costumes in her spare time.



Alison is a Classics DPhil student at Jesus College and joined OON in Michaelmas 2017; she is the former head editor of OON. As a member of the Oxford Revue, she performed sketches in ‘No Market For Old Men’ (HT18), did stand-up at multiple Audrey events, and wrote for the tour shows. She is also an aspiring cabaret performer, and makes comedy videos for the Classics faculty. You can find her on Twitter at @ali_middleton.

SANDRA XU | reviews


Sandra is a law student at Exeter College and joined OON in Michaelmas 2017. Her OUDS credits include producing the opening gala of the OUDS New Writing Festival (HT18) at Blackwell’s Bookshop, and assistant producing the musical ‘Candide’ (MT17). She is particularly fond of musicals and chamber operas, and enjoys kayaking in her spare time.



Paula is doing a DPhil in Neuroscience, but when she’s not staring at pictures of brains she enjoys going to the theatre and even participating in it from time to time! She joined OON in Michaelmas 2017. Within OUDS, she has performed as Judy in ‘Small Mouth Sounds’ (MT17) and Pope Joan/Mrs. Kidd in ‘Top Girls’ (MT18).

KATIE KNIGHT | reviews

Katie is a classicist at Univ who started reviewing for OON in MT18. Other reviewing credits include The Oxford Student, Edinburgh Fringe Review, The F Word UK, and Miro Magazine. She was theatre editor of the Cherwell for HT and TT19. Acting credits include roles in Under Milk Wood (TT17), The White Devil (TT18), and Amadeus (TT19). She finds one musical a year then will not stop talking about it, which you can see live on Twitter @codaevermore.

JAY HIRO BROWN | reviews

Jay is an English student at Somerville College. He joined OON in Michaelmas 2019. Jay enjoys singing and dancing loudly and badly, as well as writing and acting in his own time. Since matriculating in October 2019, he has been involved with the Fresher’s Drama Cuppers competition and cannot wait to throw himself into more theatre in Oxford. His interests include surreal theatre and musicals, but he enjoys experiencing all new types of theatre.


Hakim is a History student at Regent’s Park College. She joined OON in Michaelmas 2019. Her theatre experience is limited to starring as one of the three witches in her high school production of Macbeth, a humbling experience for her vocal cords. She writes occasionally for the Cherwell, and was a fashion writer for Phaser in the past. At meals she pulls out a chair for her opinions.


Alexandra Illingworth | Ali Ackland-Snow | Amanda Higgin | Amelia Coen | Andreas Janssen | Anette Stimmer | Anna Livesey (editor) | Annie Hayter | Antoni Czerwinski | Charlotte Vickers | Chris Ansell | Claire Frampton | Conky Kampfner | Ela Portnoy | Ella McCarthy | Ellie Keel (editor) | Hannah Greenstreet | Joe Stephenson | John Livesey | Katheryn Thompson | Katrina Gaffney | Laura Whetherly | Lauren Hitchman (founder) | Megan Thresh | Rebecca Lin | Rosa Garland (editor) | Tom Graus | Will Shaw

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