Theatre In The Pound

A Monthly Scratch Night

18 Dec

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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.


Our legendary scratch nights are an accessible, affordable way for artists to try out new 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!

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




Mondays - 7:00pm

16 October

20 November

18 December


15 Jan
19 Feb
18 March
15 April
20 May
17 June
15 July
16 Sept
21 Oct
18 Nov
16 Dec


Fee for the artist is only £20 per performance. Cheapest theatre hire in town! From September we will be also charging a £40 deposit - which will be refunded on the performance 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!

For general enquiries about Theatre in the Pound, please contact Theresa:


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.