I really have no idea what to put on this page. Any ideas, let me know. For the minute, I'll put some stuff that is referenced to in other
places, or I find useful/interesting...
This is probably a sensible starting point for this page: Given at least one of the slogans we have used over the years is
"Biscuits and Wine Since 1999"! Anyway, I'll hand you over to Elizabeth for a description of why:
And so "Biscuit Debt" was born. It works a little something like this:
"Picture the scene. It is Easter 2001, and Sue and I are pacing along a beach. Pacing pensively, and indeed sadly. A deep
anxiety has opened up beneath us, where the casual observer might see only sand. Sue and I have promised to direct the OULES play in the following
term, and it is to be the beautiful Arsenic and Old Lace
. This play shines, glimmers and indeed shimmers
with so much wit and charm that it's difficult to cut thoroughly. We are unlikely to make it less than 2 hours long. This does not matter from the
point of view of audiences, as the play is for the summer, charity performance and so is not limited by what is reasonable to take to an old
people's home. Nor does it matter from the point of view of our actors, as we have a uniquely superb range of young OULES desperate for parts. But
how will we find time to rehearse it all? We only have 2 rehearsals a week, and though they're meant to be 2 hours long, the punctuality of the
average OULE means that you get at most an hour's rehearsing done.
A light shines. We have contemplated the psychology of the individual and
obtained a plausible solution. OULES are essentially like puppies, and so the best way to train them is with biscuits. And thus we form our plan.
It probably will not mean anyone's any earlier to rehearsals, but it will mean there're more biscuits around, and so Sue and I will worry less."
So there it is in a nutshell. I can say no more, although Elizabeth does have one more thing to say:
- If you are more than 15 minutes late for rehearsal, you must bring a packet of biscuits next time.
- If you are more than 30 minutes late, you owe us 2 packets of biscuits.
- If you are more than 45 minutes late, you owe us 3 packets of biscuits.
- If you are more than an hour late, or fail to show up at all (without reasonable excuse), then you fall into wine-debt, and must bring a bottle
of booze to the next rehearsal.
"This clearly teaches those young puppy-like OULES that skiving rehearsals does not pay. For if booze is brought, I will drink
it, and I will then be drunk, and it's not in anyone's interest to let that happen."
Now, before I go any further I should point out that OULES are not alcoholics. Some of us enjoy a drink to celebrate a job well done, and a number of
us are in fact tee-total! Over the years, in addition to Gin and Tonic and the occasional beer, we have invented some drinks of our own...
|The OULES Cocktail:|
The original. The best. The classic. You are not truly an oule
until you have succumbed to this.
|Invented:||At Kate's finishing mods party, The Plain Roundabout, Hilary 2000. I cannot
remember whose stupid idea this was but when in doubt blame James Needham. In any case blame the 1999-2000 committee.|
|Ingredients:||'champagne' (fizzy plonk)|
|Instructions:||Lie your victim down on their back. Wait until they are calm and composed,
with their mouth open and their throat closed. Slowly pour a small, safe amount of fizzy plonk into their mouth.|
- Quickly pour a large amount in so it all fizzes up their nose.
- Pour it into their eyes, ears and nose.
- Pour from a great height.
- Replace the champagne with something else. For increased comedy, this should be either fizzy or extremely
strong. However, pouring three different spirits into someone's mouth at once, letting them swallow and then
doing it again is not right and should be banned.
I will put more in here... When I work out which ones are most relevant!
You might think that a normal OULES performance is a precarious near-corpse experience, and everything should be done to maintain what gravity there
is. You'd be wrong. Well, actually, you might well be right, but when we get a performance with an audience who aren't quite worthy of our deepest
respect and most artistic efforts (ie St. Peter's JCR or a small handful of guiders in the middle of their dinner who weren't expecting to see a
play (I'll add the links back in later!)), we play a little game. You have a little list of words offstage. You try to fit them smoothly into your
lines, or the closest approximation to your lines that you can remember onstage. Then they get ticked off the list and more are added. Everyone
offstage laughs. Nobody onstage laughs, oh no. The audience look confused.|
There are a few notable shows where this has been played - I will link to them as soon as I can, and the spurious words game is a key component in
the Varsity Match!
At various points over the last 10 years, OULES have played other silly games (not during shows, I should point out) like Concequences, Cheddar
Gorge or the Self-Growing Poem. For some of these, pilly has written scripts so they can be played online and the results shown here. At some point,
he might even put in links to them...|
And the first one is here! I've rewritten the Self-Growing Poem script!
VOLES is the catch-all term for assorted light entertainers.|
VOLES originally stood for "Varsity Oxbridge Light Entertainment Society" (As always, blame Needham for the spurious acronym), but that
was changed to "Vacation Of Light Entertainment Societies" when people from societies other than OULES and CULES started to come along. It
now stands for "Various Origin Light Entertainment Societies", and covers any time that lots of Light Entertainers from all over the place
get together. (and it is now standard to refer to a Light Entertainer of any persuasion (be it OULES, CULES, USLES, ALES etc) as a "VOLE")
VOLES normally get together twice per year. In the summer, we go away for about a week (before the school holidays start). As well as putting on a
show of some sort for unsuspecting local people (after all, entertaining people who wouldn't otherwise be able to go to a theatre is kind of the
whole point), we have camping (tents optional), fires, and similar wonderful things in somewhere out-of-doors-y.
Our second annual outing is at New Year, when we go away for a few days to celebrate the end of one year and the start of another. As it is usually
a bit cold for outside things in December, we try to rent a Scout hut or something like that and spend our time playing silly games and watching
DVDs or suggesting walks but in the end deciding we can't be bothered. But I expect most of you knew all that anyway.
VOLES should not be confused with Two Shades of Blue. Two Shades of Blue is a group who produce shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, composed
mostly of Light Entertainers. See their Website.
|The OULES Family Tree|
This will have a page all to itself when I write it!