Matthew Greenhough



Emily Smith

Matthew Greenhough is a working-class writer and performer from Sheffield working across stage, radio and TV. He was a member of the BBC Drama Room 2020-21 and is the founder and creative director of Wound Up Theatre.

After spending his youth in punk bands around Yorkshire, Matt started writing in his twenties, after performing stand-up comedy as a dare. His writing uses comedy to explore seismic issues through dark, character-led stories, informed by his background. He has been described as “skilfully juxtaposing the poetic and mundane – a sweary Alan Bennett with funkier hair”.

Matt’s first TV pilot script was, KILL THE POOR, a pitch-black satirical drama about two childhood friends who accidentally find themselves as figureheads on opposing sides of the “culture war”. It is currently in development with Boom Cymru Productions. He’s also developing two projects with Rollem Productions, KOMPROMAT a dark satirical thriller and PARTS OF LIFE a modern romantic comedy drama series.  He also has a number of stage projects and a short film being developed with the support of Film4 and the BFI.

Matt will be taking part in the UKs first audio development fund for northern writers run by Freeturn and Screen Yorkshire. As one of 10 selected writers Matt will develop an original audio drama pilot.

Other projects include THE DEATH OF MOLLY MILLER, an original script commission from BBC Radio 4. MOLLY MILLER was broadcast July 2023, and remains available on BBC Sounds, and was also adapted for the stage performed at the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He also has a number of stage projects in development.

Matt was invited to join the BBC Drama Room 2020-21, having been shortlisted for the BBC Drama Writers Programme in 2019. He is also a former associate artist of The Pleasance Theatre, Islington and a recipient of The Peggy Ramsay Foundation grant and the Live Theatre Bursary, awarded for innovative approaches to story-based performance.

Beginning his career in Fringe Theatre, Matt wrote and performed the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award-listed play, BISMILLAH! AN ISIS TRAGICOMEDY (BISMILLAH! ran for over 90 performances, including VAULT and Edinburgh festival runs,a transfer to the Pleasance Theatre, London and a National Tour) as well as IT’LL BE ALT-RIGHT ON THE NIGHT. (ALT-RIGHT enjoyed a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival, transferring to London for ‘Best of the Fest’, followed by a National tour.)Earlier fringe works included DELUSIONS OF ADEQUACY (Edinburgh) and #VILE: THE UNTIMELY DEMISE OF A MANUFACTUREDPOP STAR (Edinburgh).

Follow Matt’s company Wound Up Theatre on Instagram and Twitter at @wounduptheatre. Or his personal accounts at @greenhough.init

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