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Alva Orr


Alva C. J. Orr is a fourth year DPhil student in Engineering at Queen’s College, having previously completed an MPhys in Physics at Trinity College, Oxford. They hold Stipendiary Lectureships in Physics at Brasenose College and New College. 

Alva has extensive sound design credits in musical theatre, straight plays and new writing, lately designing sound for a selection of new writing shows - SKIN (Keble O’Reilly), UNMADE (Oxford New Theatre), Plus One (Michael Pilch Studio), Smart Casual (The North Wall Arts Centre, Cockpit Theatre) and Half Baked (The North Wall Arts Centre). Most recently they designed the sound for Carrie: The Musical (Oxford Playhouse) and Sweeney Todd (Oxford Playhouse) and they are looking forward to returning to the Playhouse in 2023 to design The Tempest and An American In Paris. 

Alva runs their own production company, FishLasers Limited, and their creative portfolio (which ranges from vintage organ restoration and recording acapella groups, to blood-proof tiara microphones) can be found at


Sound Desinger

Half Baked (TT21, The North Wall Arts Centre)

Sound Designer

Doctor Faustus (HT20, O'Reilly Theatre)

Lighting Assistant

Angels in America (HT20, O'Reilly Theatre)

Executive Sound Designer

Shadows of Troy (HT20, Oxford Playhouse)

Lighting Assistant

Don Giovanni (HT20, St John's Auditorium)

Sound Designer

Merrily We Roll Along (HT20, Oxford Playhouse)


Spring Awakening (MT20, Oxford Playhouse)

Sound Designer and Stage Electrician

Life of Galileo (MT19, O'Reilly Theatre)

Sound Assistant

Chicago (MT19, O'Reilly Theatre)

Sound Designer

Enron (HT19, Oxford Playhouse)

Sound Designer

The Threepenny Opera (MT18, Oxford Playhouse)

Sound Designer and Stage Electrician

Doom's Day (Summer 2018, OUDS National Tour, Buxton Rotunda, Cambridge Junction, Edinburgh Fringe/C South, Katzpace Theatre)

Sound Designer

A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings (MT17, Burton Taylor Studio)

Sound Designer and Lighting Designer

Trinity College Drama Cuppers (MT15, Burton Taylor Studio)

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