Theatre In The Pound

A Monthly Scratch Night

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A not-for-profit scratch night, designed for individuals or groups of performers to try out or showcase 10-15 minutes of new work at The Cockpit. 

A woman stands on stage with a hopeful look on her face.2022

18 July 7:00pm

19 September 7:00pm

17 October 7:00pm

21 November 7:00pm

19 December 7:00pm


Our legendary scratch nights are back in the venue! (*mostly)
For artists, they're an accessible, affordable way to try out your work on stage with full support from our backstage and tech crew. For audiences, they're a super cheap and fun night out, seeing shiny new short shows and sharing your thoughts directly with the performers!

*We're still flying the flag for new digital theatre! If you're looking for an opportunity to try out a new show online, keep reading...

Pictured: Zuzana Spacirova in "From Eastern Europe to East End" at Theatre in the Pound, May 2022. Photo by Amy Clare Tasker.


Fee for the artist is only £15 per performance. Thats £1 per minute! Cheapest theatre hire in town! From September we will be also charging a £45 deposit - which will be refunded on the perfromance day. This is to ensure we have a limited drop out rate.

Both online and live options include full technical and backstage support with a stage manager and technician. Fees go a small way towards supporting our staff, but the scratch night is heavily subsidised.

Theatre In The Pound is part of our Theatre Maker programme, so by participating, you become eligible for 15% off studio hires as well as further possible opportunities to present your work.

We love seeing stuff at all stages of development, including readings or improvised seeds of ideas. We love stuff that works and also stuff that doesn't. Each piece is followed by a short feedback discussion with our lovely audience, to help companies develop their work.

We have hosted new writing, monologues, large groups, physical theatre, dance, comedy, performance art, movement... We love to make the shows as varied as possible, so however 'out there' or unusual you think your work might be, we'd love to meet you!

We welcomed performers from all over the country and around the globe to our online scratch nights in 2020 and 2021. We've also enjoyed seeing the participants of our Devising Online course pushing the boundaries of Zoom Theatre, and we want to see if there's further to go! If you're interested in scratching a new digital performance project at Theatre in the Pound, please get in touch with Amy for more details: theatremakeratthecockpit [dot] org [dot] uk

For general enquiries about Theatre in the Pound, please contact Theresa: poundatthecockpit [dot] org [dot] uk


Applications for the whole season are open! We love seeing work at all stages, including script readings. And we are open to whatever you're up to, however experimental. So what are you waiting for - get those applications in!

Have a longer piece (more than 15 minutes) that you'd like to try out? Maybe New Stuff is the right place for you! Our monthly rehearsed readings of new work written by you and supported by us.