about us



THE UPSETTERS were named after the house band of legendary dub artist Lee “Scratch” Perry. Originally conceived as a new writing, or scratch, night where all of the work was written, directed and performed by artists of colour, THE UPSETTERS has now grown into something much more.

When we started, we wanted to put on the best short play night in the country which also happened to be only artists of colour. We think we achieved that. Our first sold out show at the Bunker Theatre was representative and it was accessible.

But there is more work to do.

We’re now working on full-length productions, workshops, podcasts, festivals and numerous other projects with people of colour at the centre of all of them.

Our policy of working only with Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) theatre professionals is crucial, not only to the identity of the company, but to the progress of the theatre industry as we see it.

But we also recognise that the terms people of colour or BAMER are not perfect.

What we are absolutely not about is homogenising people of colour from all different backgrounds and races into a single group. We’re about finding new, fresh and exciting ways to champion who you are. Whether you’re a Black playwright or a South Asian actor, we want you to celebrate everything that makes you great.

But, most of all, we want to upset the system and we want you to join us.

Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Upsetters /  Testing Press

Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Upsetters / Testing Press