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Introduction The Experimental Theatre Club (ETC) is a student dramatic society at the University of Oxford. It was founded in 1936 by Nevill Coghill as an alternative company to the Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS), and produces several productions a year. Many famous actors and directors have been involved with productions by the club. It has staged the first productions of many new works, perhaps most notably Epitaph for George Dillon, by John Osborne in 1957, directed by Don Taylor. In particular, the club was an important nursery for the talents of the British New Wave (Kenneth Tynan, Tony Richardson, John Schlesinger, Lindsay Anderson, Ken Loach) in the 1950s, and the Oxford component of Monty Python (Michael Palin and Terry Jones) in the 1960s. It has recently been revived with three theatre pieces taking place this summer.