Making theatre with communities, by communities and for communities, LUNG is a national touring theatre company, developing innovative and politically driven work that broadens horizons and investigates modern Britain. We are Associate Artists at The Lowry.

Founded in Barnsley in 2012, LUNG also frequently performs and develops new work with The National Theatre Studio, Battersea Arts Centre and The Civic in Barnsley. We are dedicated to producing new verbatim theatre as well as collaborating with new writers. Back home up north, LUNG also pursues an extensive education programme which specializes in bringing theatre into new communities from Bradford to Battersea.

Matt Woodhead

Artistic Director

Matt Woodhead is an award-winning playwright and theatre director. He has co-written and directed 'The 56', 'E15' and 'Chilcot' (co-written with Richard Norton Taylor). All have been published by Oberon Books and are currently touring with Battersea Arts Centre. In 2016, 'The 56' was adapted for BBC Radio 4 and was shortlisted for Best Adaptation in the BBC Radio Awards 2017.

Matt trained on the National Theatre Studio Director’s Programme. He was the Trainee Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse and won the Directors Guild Award for Best Newcomer in 2015. Matt is represented by Sarah Williams at Independent Talent

Helen Monks

Helen Monks

Creative Director

Helen is an award-winning writer, who is currently co-writing a sitcom called ‘Tinderella’ for Citrus Television. Her radio plays include 'One Day' (which won the BBC young writer’s competition Radio Online in 2007) and 'The Chicken Salad of a Troubled Mind' (which was made by the Wireless Theatre Company in 2013). Her stage play 'The Piano Man' was performed at the Birmingham Rep as part of their Transmissions Festival 2008. Helen won the Taunton Young Writer’s Award in 2014 and again in 2015 with her stage plays 'Pillow Talk' and 'No Fishing'.

In 2015 she co-wrote 'E15' with Matt Woodhead. She has been working closely LUNG since. She wrote 'Dolly Wants to Die' which premiered with Underbelly in 2016.

Helen is also an actress whose credits include Channel 4's 'Raised by Wolves', BBC2's 'Upstart Crow', BBC2's 'Inside No.9'.

She is represented by Nicola Van Gelder for acting and Katie Langridge at Knight Hall Management for writing.

Ellie Claughton


Ellie has worked with companies across the UK as a Producer. She is Producer for LUNG Theatre (The Lowry Associate Artists), Changing Face Collective, She Productions (East Riding Theatre Company in Residence), Plane Paper Theatre (Live Theatre Associate Artists) and is Assistant Producer at Tara Finney Productions. Theatre projects include The Dark Room (Theatre 503), The Drill (BAC, New Diorama & UK Tour), It’s Different For Girls (East Riding Theatre), Who Cares (UK Tour), E15 (BAC & UK Tour), The Pulverised (Arcola & York Theatre Royal), It Is So Ordered (Pleasance Theatre), Dreamless Sleep (Upstairs at the Arts), The StorytEllas (East Riding Theatre), Odd Shaped Balls (Old Red Lion - ‘punchy, socially relevant, boundary bashing…pinnacle of fringe theatre’ – A Younger Theatre, 5 time Off West End award nominee) and Don’t Smoke In Bed (Finborough Theatre). As Assistant Producer: Disco Pigs (Trafalgar Studios), All Our Children (Jermyn Street Theatre). She is currently developing numerous projects including: Trojan Horse (Lung) Says I Say He (Changing Face in association with Ron Hutchinson) and Quay West (Changing Face). She recently completely a yearlong contract as Headlong’s Administrator.

Will Monks

Associate Lighting Designer

Will Monks is a Birmingham based lighting designer and production electrician. After training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, he joined Birmingham based production company Frontseat Media as their Head Of Lighting. Recent work includes touring production electrician with Battersea Arts Centre as part of their Collaborative Touring Network (shows include Bucket Club's Lorraine And Alan, Chris Brett Bailey's This Is How We Die, and Theatre Ad Infinitum's Ballad Of The Burning Star), lighting designer for FYSA’s E15 (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh; Pleasance, London) and Chilcot (The Lowry,Salford; Battersea Arts Centre, London), The Bare Project’s Bardo and Time Passes, Listen (both at Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield), Sheffield Theatre’s Fuse (Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield), Xanadu’sElvis in Benidorm (Benidorm Palace, Benidorm), production electrician for ACE Dance And Music (Birmingham), Caroline Horton's Islands (Summerhall, Edinburgh), performance programme technical manager for On The Edge Festival 2016 (various, Birmingham), and associate artist with The Bare Project and Lung.

Owen Crowch

Associate Sound Designer

Owen studied BA Sound Arts & Design at London College of Communication. His credits include The Iron Man (The Unicorn Theatre) Chilcot (The Lowry, Battersea Arts Center) BU21 (Trafalgar Studios, Theatre 503) A Local Boy (The Pleasance).

Owen also composes for commercial purposes, with clients including Unilever and Uniqlo.