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:


JAY HIRO BROWN | HEAD EDITOR | reviews

Jay is an English student at Somerville College. He joined OON in Michaelmas 2019; he was appointed editor in Hilary 2020, and head editor in Trinity 2020. 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.


SAM WARBURTON | HEAD EDITOR | reviews

Sam is a law student at Somerville College and joined OON in Trinity 2019; he was appointed editor in Michaelmas 2019, and head editor in Trinity 2020. 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.


SOPHIA DE MEDEIROS | EDITOR | reviews

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.


LEANNE YAU | reviews

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Leanne is a law student at Somerville College and joined OON in Hilary 2019. In Trinity 2019 she was appointed head editor, for which she served a year (2019-2020) before retiring for final exams. 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.


ALISON MIDDLETON | reviews

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Alison is a Classics DPhil student at Jesus College and joined OON in Michaelmas 2017; she is a former head editor of OON (2018-19). 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.


EMILY CAPON | reviews

Emily is an English student at Lady Margaret Hall and joined OON in Trinity 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.


SANDRA XU | reviews

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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 KAANDERS | reviews

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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.


HAKIM FAIZ | reviews

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.


BETTY PERCEVAL | reviews

Betty is an English student at Somerville College. She joined OON in Michaelmas 2019, having had a long-term passion for writing and experiencing literature in all forms. She particularly enjoys satire and has a soft spot for classical plays, especially those by Shakespeare. Predictably, in her spare time she reads avidly and is a self-proclaimed failed novelist.


HELEN LILY WANG | reviews

Helen Lily is an Economics and Management student at St. Hilda’s College, and joined OON in Michaelmas 2019. Her Oxford credits include Sweet Charity (HT18) and performing with all-female acapella group In The Pink. Outside of Oxford, she won the 2016 Watercube Singing Competition (performing in the Beijing Olympic Stadium), and her credits include Fantine in Les Misérables (2015) and Madame Butterfly (2014). In her spare time, she enjoys making videos for her YouTube channel “Helen Lily”.


CORAL KIM | reviews

Coral is an English student at Exeter College. She joined OON in Michaelmas 2019, after developing interest in theatre through her involvement in the Seoul Shakespeare Company’s King Lear production. She has written for multiple outreach blogs, as well as the Cherwell, and admits a love-hate relationship with the National.


ABIGAIL CASSON | reviews

Abigail loves stories, which is both why she studies History at Lady Margaret Hall and why she adores theatre. She joined OON in Michaelmas 2019, which was the same term she debuted on the Oxford stage in ‘Stranger, Baby’. She has a particular fondness for plays from Ancient Greece, immersive theatre, and Alan Cumming. Offstage, she takes her performance bug into the Oxford museums as a volunteer. When not listening to podcasts, you can find her at a National Trust property or working for the TEDx Oxford committee.


PAST REVIEWERS

Alexandra Illingworth | Ali Ackland-Snow | Amanda Higgin | Amelia Coen | Andreas Janssen | Anette Stimmer | Anna Livesey (editor, 2016-2017) | Annie Hayter | Antoni Czerwinski | Charlotte Vickers | Chris Ansell | Claire Frampton | Conky Kampfner | Ela Portnoy | Ella McCarthy | Ellie Keel (editor, 2016-2017) | Hannah Greenstreet | Joe Stephenson | John Livesey | Katheryn Thompson | Katrina Gaffney | Laura Whetherly | Lauren Hitchman (founder, 2016) | Megan Thresh | Rebecca Lin | Rosa Garland (editor, 2017-18) | Tom Graus | Will Shaw

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