Lee “Scratch” Perry   Photo Credit:  Summerhall

Lee “Scratch” Perry
Photo Credit: Summerhall

THE UPSETTERS is named after the house band of legendary dub and reggae producer and singer Lee “Scratch” Perry.


Originally conceived as a new writing, or scratch, night where the work was written, directed and performed by artists of colour. We sold out a double performance at the Bunker Theatre on our debut scratch night but there is more work to do.

We have a pipeline which includes 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.

However, we recognise that the terms people of colour or BAMER are not perfect.

We are not looking to homogenise 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.

We believe that THE UPSETTERS is about addressing misrepresentation as much as under-representation. We want to share real human stories where the race of those involved doesn’t define the work.

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