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Matthew Landers & Poppy Laila

Directors Writers


Tanya Tillett

Matt and Poppy are long time collaborators and co -writers, who’s work seeks to explore the state of the nation through a mix of comedy and kick ass drama.

Matt’s first play ‘Arrows’ was a winner of the ‘Willy Russell Foundation Award’ for best new script. His next ‘A Dog Called Redemption’ won the Manchester Evening News award for best new play and the Oscar Wilde Award for excellence at the Dublin Theatre festival.

Poppy was brought up on the great Bollywood cannon and those influences can be still be seen in her work. She was a writer of short stories before she met Matt and began her journey into script writing.

In 2015 Poppy and Matt began working together when Matt was commissioned to write the first episode of TV thriller ‘INNOCENT’ by Big Talk Productions, about an affair between a Muslim student and her white middle class teacher that ignites racial tensions in inner city Salford.

Since then their work together includes:

‘Twockers’: a comedy female gang show about a group of multicultural working-class women forced into become the world’s most unlikeliest car thieves. (Currently in development with Blue Bear Productions).

‘A Sea Wind Screams’: a play highlighting the absurd and disturbing similarities between South Asian and British misogyny.

‘Lines’:  A fish out of water comedy drama about a young London Bengali boy forced on the run in the rural north, and the unlikely bond he forms with a racist ex-soldier.

‘Rusholme Raj’ a comedy crime drama set in and around Manchester’s vibrant curry mile that puts a modern likable muslim women at the heart of the action.

Matt was a co-writer of ‘Prospects’ a drama/reality project for Avalon that combined real east London boxers with actors. He is also an associate of the Listeners project; an artistic collective who create short films and poems in soon to be demolished buildings as seen on CNN. His film ‘The Porter’, was one of the last films to be shot in the old BBC studios in White City. He is also a director and dramaturg, his last project ‘Growing Pains’ a collaboration with poet Tom Gill, receiving critic’s choice at the Edinburgh fringe and enjoying a sellout national tour.

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