Who We Are

Leicester’s pub theatre was founded in 2012 by Gary Phillpott, Verity Bartesch, Sally Jack and David Hately (Off The Fence Theatre CIC) with a successful run of Loughborough writer Thomas Scullys play Godot Was HereEarly 2013 and the walls were painted, seating hired and a unique stage was built on beer kegs. Upstairs at the Westerns first season that year featured twenty one performances, giving audiences many opportunities to experience a wide variety of culture at affordable prices.

More permanent alterations to the space have been made since then and Upstairs at the Western is now firmly established as a fully equipped 40-50 seat arts venue in Leicester’s West End (off Braunstone Gate).

In January 2017, a new not-for-profit community interest company (Upstairs At The Western CIC) was formed to take over the running of the theatre, which has two objectives to be:-

Our programmes run from September to June each year – We promote events and shows through this web site, our mailing list, Facebook, Twitter and Ticket Source.

David is a planning, project and programme manager with 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors, during which time he completed his MBA at De Montfort University. He has been into arts and culture throughout his adult life and can usually be found in a gallery, theatre, cinema or concert somewhere in the city. He lives in Leicester and has been a regular at Upstairs at the Western since it opened. David has his own business, does pro-bono work for charities and is also the Chair of The Spark Arts for Children. Email: david.bell@upstairsatthewestern.com

Jess is the Co-Director of Impulse Collective Theatre Company where she creates and performs shows across the UK as well as handling the business side of things. With a BA (Hons) in Acting from Northampton University, Jess also works for Pedestrian as the Projects Assistant and she is the Development Manager for Story City Festival. She is a Londoner but has found a home in Leicester and believes there is a special arts community here. You will find her at the cinema, theatre, pub or playing football. Email: jess.richards@upstairsatthewestern.com

Jessamyn is an events manager and stage manager with two years experience working in the field. She has recently completed a MSc in Cultural Events Management at De Montfort University and has worked in the Leicester arts and music scene both before and throughout her studies. She has worked with a variety of organisations, including Oxjam Leicester, Handmade Festival and Dreaming in Colour Productions. As a West End resident, she is keen to see such a unique venue such as Upstairs at the Western reach its full potential as a vibrant and community-focused theatre and arts venue. Email: jessamyn.witthaus@upstairsatthewestern.com  

Upstairs At The Western CIC is looking for suitably qualified and/or experienced theatre technician to join the Board of four directors of a new social enterprise that runs the Upstairs At The Western theatre in Leicester. The director will be responsible for:-

  • The smooth running of the technical aspects of the theatre’s day-to-day operation.
  • The technical policy of the company.
  • The technical safety of the theatre, including a preventative maintenance.
  • Liaising with visiting companies to ensure the technical requirements of their shows can be catered for and that the theatre is prepared for their arrival.
  • Undertake get-ins, set supervision and get-outs as required.
  • To operate sound, lighting and other effects during performances if required
  • Manage casual/sessional light and sound technicians as required.
  • Recruit and support volunteer and work experience technicians as required.
  • Sourcing equipment grants and purchasing new equipment.

On Wednesday at 8.00pm we have @FTRWpoetry with headliners @gemmabakerpoet and @JackieHagan, open mic slots, a speed poet and a raffle (ow.ly/6z1330fEwVf) £8/£6 pic.twitter.com/RZjIOajCIS

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