Matthew Greenhough is Creative Director, and writer for Wound Up Theatre. As a company we are a young, exciting, comedic theatre company from the North of England but based in Londontown. And yes, we're very conflicted about it. We create comedic theatre which is "traditionally subversive and seriously comical". We are unique in our approach in exploring social and political issues... which we do hilarously.
Our last production was at the Fringe in 2015, where our enormously successful run of "Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy" was listed for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. The play, performed at Just the Tonic, explored the lives of two young British men, a soldier, the other, a defector to Daesh, together as hostage and guard. It received critical praise from several prestigious institutions, including The Guardian (Mark Lawson descibed the piece as "Bold and thought provoking"), The National and the BBC Asian Network. The show also received a run of four and five star reviews in a number of other high profile publications. It was reviewed in Broadway Baby as "One of the best shows I have ever seen at the Fringe or anywhere else... dazzlingly intelligent...masterfully acted theatrical treat, which prompts tears of both laughter and sympathy." "Bismillah’ is now also being produced for a three week professional run in June at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in London.
Our first production at the fringe was in 2013. Performed on the PBH Free Fringe at the Cowgatehead venue, "Delusions Of Adequacy" was a unique stage comedy: part theatre, part sitcom, part stand-up, part greek tragedy. It was about a young Northern man struggling on benefits. It enjoyed a sell-out run and overwhelmingly positive audience feedback.
We are excited to share with the world our first one man show, which we hope to premier in its entiretiy at the Free Fringe in 2017.
Prior to Wound Up, Matthew graduated Northumbria University's Performance Degree in 2013 with First Class honours. Since then he has worked as an Actor and Writer, being involved in a number of short films, including the Award Winning Horror Short: "Devil Makes Work". He is an International award winning theatre maker, having been awarded main prize at the Dioniz International Theatre Festival in Đakovo, Croatia with the devised piece "In our Hands",