Founded in Barnsley in 2012, LUNG is a campaign led verbatim theatre company that tours work nationally. We work closely with different communities to make verbatim theatre and hidden voices heard. LUNG creates work that shines a light on political, social and economic issues in modern Britain, using people’s actual words to tell their stories. 


LUNG’s work is published by Bloomsbury. We have strong partnerships with Leeds Playhouse, The Lowry Battersea Arts Centre and have developed work at the National Theatre Studio. 

About Us

The Team

Madiha is a theatre maker and facilitator, born in Karachi and based in Dewsbury. Previously working in education, Madiha began her career in the arts in 2018 when she set up the Cultural Ecology Project, supported by Impact Hub Bradford through which she launched Culture 101, supporting global majority women in Bradford in careers in the arts. It was developed in partnership with Bradford Producing Hub. Madiha co-founded and was the youth engagement officer of the Yorkshire Adabee Forum, where she headed the first national theatre tour of Pakistan’s leading Digital content creators. In 2018 Madiha started working with LUNG on their Trojan Horse tour, leading on their participation and education programme nationally. Madiha later ran the participation work for LUNG’s Who Cares tour, which saw her run workshops in 90 schools across the UK, deliver CPD in 16 regions and host the post show q&a after every show. Madiha works closely with LUNG’s sister organisation the Who Cares Campaign.


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Madiha Ansari

Participation and Campaigns Officer

Gitika Buttoo

Engagement Manager /

Associate Director


Gitika is a British Indian Director from Yorkshire. She graduated from Liverpool in 2016 with a BA Hons in Drama & English. Winner of the JMK Trust Bursary 2017, she became resident Assistant Director at Leeds Playhouse. She then went on to work for The Octagon Theatre in Bolton as their Participations Director where she was Assistant Director on main house productions and also directed all their youth theatre productions.


After directing Beyond Shame for Derby Theatre in 2018, she became the Artistic Associate of Birmingham Opera Company. After one year in post she moved on to work with the National Theatre & CAST, Doncaster on Public Acts 2020. Gitika also worked with Lung as Associate Director on Trojan Horse, UK Tour 2019/2020. She also works closely with SBC Theatre, Opera North and is a Board Member at UNITY Theatre, Liverpool.

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Ellie is a freelance Theatre Producer and Consultant 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 (Distinction). She is Chair of the Board of Trustees for She Productions and a Trustee of Zoo Co.


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Ellie Claughton


Camille Koosyial

Assistant Producer


Camille is British Guyanese Theatre Maker from South West London. After graduating from UEA in 2017 she has gone on to produce gig-theatre shows for Rose Eye Productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Camden People's Theatre and recently directed the show 'SUPERMAN' at the Vaults Festival 2020. She was also the Touring Stage Manager for LUNG's recent national tour of Trojan Horse 19/20. When she's not in a Luton Van or lugging props round London, she is partial to a bit of arts and crafts and talking about the environment and sad music.

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After graduating from the University of Sheffield in 2014, Helen became the co-artistic director of LUNG. She leads on the creative, engagement and campaign vision of LUNG's work. Helen is an actor and writer. With LUNG she has co-written E15, Trojan Horse and The Children's Inquiry. She is the dramaturg of Who Cares and Chilcot.

Helen is also an actor (C4’s Raised by Wolves & Maxxx, BBC2’s Upstart Crow, Election Spy & Inside No. 9, 21st Century Fox Genius). Helen is represented for writing by Katie Langridge at Knighthall Agency and for acting by Georgie Davies at Conway Van Gelder Grant. 


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Helen Monks 

Co-Artistic Director

Matt trained on the National Theatre Studio Directors Course and as a Trainee Director at Leeds Playhouse. As a freelancer they've worked for the Learning and Engagement Department at The National Theatre and The Lyric Hammersmith and as a script reader for Leeds Playhouse, Chichester Festival Theatre & The Papatango Playwriting Prize. Awards include: Director's Guild Award for Best Newcomer & John Fernald Award. Matt is represented by Katie Battcock at Curits Brown.

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Matt Woodhead 

Co-Artistic Director

Our Sponsors

Our sponsors are The Reflective Practice.

We are hugely thankful for their continued support of LUNG.

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