Out Of The Blue was founded by Michael Cordner and Mary Luckhurst and is the theatre production company of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television.

Its past productions, in the York Theatre Royal Studio and the Dixon Studio Theatre in Wentworth College, include Martin Crimp's Attempts on her Life, Caryl Churchill's Far Away and Mad Forest. Mary Luckhurst's Celebrity, James Shirley's Hyde Park, John Marston's The Malcontent, and three Comedy Revues, the latest of which, Raising the Roof was also performed at BAFTA in London in May 2010 before an invited industry audience.

Out of the Blue's policy is to combine immediately contemporary work with stagings of works from earlier periods.

The latest production is Middleton's A Mad World, My Masters; and it's the first production Out of the Blue has mounted on the main stage in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television's new building on Heslington East. Its cast and production team are recruited from the Department.