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 is the Artistic Director of LUNG.
Matt has directed and co-written ‘The 56’, ‘E15’ `{`co-written with Helen Monks`}` and ‘Chilcot’ `{`co-written with Richard Norton Taylor`}` and ‘Who Cares’. All have been published with Oberon Books and have toured nationally. ‘The 56’ was adapted for BBC Radio 4 earlier this year.
Matt was recently the Trainee Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse and was the winner of the Director’s Guild Award Best Newcomer 2015.
Helen Monks

Helen Monks

Creative Director

Helen is an actor, writer and the creative director of LUNG. Her acting roles include Germaine in Raised by Wolves (channel 4), Susanna in Upstart Crow (BBC2), Amy in Election Spy (channel 4), Collette in Inside No. 9 (BBC2), Rose in Maxxx (channel 4), Maja in Genius (National Geographic Channel), and Lucy in No One Will Tell Me How To Start A Revolution (Hampstead Theatre). Her writing credits include One Day (BBC Radio), The Chicken Salad of a Troubled Mind (Wireless Radio Company), Pillow Talk (Tacchi Morris Arts Centre), Dolly Wants To Die (LUNG), and E15 (LUNG) which she co-wrote with Matt Woodhead.

Ellie Claughton


Ellie is a freelance Theatre Producer who has worked with companies across the UK and is currently Producer for LUNG, Breach Theatre and Barrel Organ. She began her career at Headlong, was shortlisted for The Old Vic 12 (2017) and trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in MA Creative Producing.

Her theatre credits include: It’s True, It’s True, It’s True (Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Trojan Horse (Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Arabian Nights (Hoxton Hall), The Drill (UK Tour), It’s A Wonderful Life (East Riding Theatre), Who Cares (UK Tour), It’s Different For Girls (East Riding Theatre & 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 Theatre) and Don’t Smoke In Bed (Finborough Theatre). As Assistant Producer: Disco Pigs (Trafalgar Studios) and All Our Children (Jermyn Street Theatre).

In development: The House of Bernada Alba (She Productions) and West Way (Changing Face & Arcola Theatre).

Will Monks

Associate Lighting Designer

Will is a Birmingham based lighting and video designer. He graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2015. Recent work includes: E15 (UK Tour), Chilcot (The Lowry, Battersea Arts Centre), Elusive Circus’s Dust (UK Tour), Viv Gordon’s I Am Joan (UK Tour) and PreScribed (BIT, Bristol; Zoo, Edinburgh), Moya Production’s Dyl (Old Red Lion Theatre) The Bare Project’s Dangerous or Otherwise, How to Survive the Blitz and Other Things, and Time Passes. Listen. (all site specific performances), Sheffield Theatre’s Fuse (Sheffield Theatres), Laura Dannequin’s Secret Slowness of Movement (David Roberts Art Foundation, London), Xanadu’s Elvis in Benidorm (Benidorm Palace, Benidorm). He is an associate artist with Patch of Blue, The Bare Project and Lung theatre companies.

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.