Get Involved


Upstairs at the Western is a volunteer-led venue and couldn’t survive without our team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. There is a variety of volunteer roles available within the theatre and we are currently looking for help with roles in the panel in the right. If you would like to get involved with Leicester’s pub theatre then please contact and we will be happy to let you know more about the opportunities available.


Playwrights and Actors! Upstairs at the Western are looking for you to join us on stage on December 6th 2019 for our first Scratch Night for new and developing writing.

For Playwrights: We are looking for between 10 and 15 minutes (around 4-7 A4 pages of script) of duologue from either a self-contained mini-play or an excerpt from a longer work. The work must be suitable for two female, GNC or non-binary actors. This work must not have been previously professionally performed, other than in development.

Each writer will receive advice and critical feedback of 500 words from arts professionals Lesley Emery and William Breden in addition to having their piece performed on stage, script in hand, by professional actors in front of an audience. Following the performance, and at the discretion of the board of directors, one or more of the plays may be selected for future development.

The deadline for application is Friday 25th October 2019 and must be accompanied by the full play script plus a brief introductory outline and brief personal biography. Applications are open to all but we will prioritise writing from female, GNC and non-binary playwrights, writers of colour and members of the LGBT+ community.

For Actors: We are looking for two female, GNC or non-binary actors who must be available all day 5th and 6th December 2019 at the venue, Upstairs at the Western. This position will be paid by means of profit-share, each actor receiving one third of the profit from the show. We particularly welcome applications from actors of colour and those from within the LGBT+ community. Please send us an acting CV or spotlight link.

Please address all queries to and include SCRATCH in the subject line.


Upstairs at the Western receives no arts grants or regular funding… but it does receive regular bills! We are unique in Leicester and we’d love to continue being a part of this wonderful community and city. If you are able to make a donation, however large or small, then this will really help us. We currently need:-

We are very grateful for the support we’ve received so far from Leicester City Council, Westcotes Community First, O2 Think Bigger and Steamin Billy Brewing Co Ltd but there is always more to do. If you would like to contribute towards Leicester’s pub theatre please contact for more information. Thank you for your support.

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