Want to try your hand at something new? Interested in what goes on behind the scenes at the theatre and live events?

We are Leeds University Union Backstage Society, named LUU Best Performance Society in 2015-16. We give our members opportunities to work in technical and administrative roles within theatre and live events in the Union and beyond – we cover everything from set design, stage management and front of house to lighting design, sound engineering and stage crewing.


We are based in the Riley Smith Theatre, working on over a dozen shows...

You'll find us working on everything from musicals and opera, to dance shows and awards ceremonies. Here's a little of what we've been up to lately…

MT’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

The Riley was home to a giant, singing, man-eating plant for its first musical since the Union Upgrade, puppeteered by our crew!

Opera Soc’s ‘Don Giovanni’

Backstage became the owner of a new cyclorama which helped us transport Don Giovanni to hell in one of Mozart’s great operas.

The LUU Riley Awards 2017

The Rileys returned to the Riley for the first time since 2014 with the theme of ‘Union Upgrade’.


So, you've seen what we do. Want to join in the fun?

If you're interested in joining the Society, just pop your email address into the form on the right and join our mailing list. We'll email you a couple of times a term to let you know what's coming up - don't worry, you can leave the list at any time! Before you can work on a show you'll need to complete a brief training session - just drop us a line on committee@luubackstage.com to find out when you can come along.

Join the mailing list

Are you really real?