Situated in the heart of Oxford, the Michael Pilch Studio is a spacious black box theatre offering a versatile space for artistic, especially theatrical, productions. Run by students, for students. The 'Pilch', as it is fondly known, comes equipped with lighting rig, sound system, green room and front of house facilities.
The Pilch Committee prides itself on welcoming fresh, innovative and exciting work, whether it be brand new writing or avant-garde reimaginings of old classics. For a flavour of what we're about, check out our WHAT'S ON page for all this term's shows and our ARCHIVE for previous shows!
Founded in 1997, the Pilch owes everything to the generous endowment of the late Michael Pilch CBE (Balliol alumnus 1945) whose desire it was to spark a renaissance of Balliol drama. During his time at Balliol reading Mathematics, Mr. Pilch acted with the Balliol Players and Oxford University Dramatic Society ('OUDS'). Since its creation, the Pilch has been run by students passionate about drama in the form of the Balliol College Drama Society and Pilch Committee.
Artistic Directors of the Pilch:
- Alice Lavelle (c.2018-2021)
- Oliver Khurshid (October 2021- December 2022)
- Charles West (January 2023 - October 2023)
Rosie Mahendra (October 2023 -)