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

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 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)

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Qasim is an actor and facilitator who graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2019. His acting credits include: Tartuffe (Birmingham Rep/RSC), Trojan Horse (LUNG), Doctors (BBC) and We Can Be Heroes (Heroes Production). As LUNG's Trainee Director, Qasim will be the Assistant Director on LUNG's newest production, The Children’s Inquiry, as well as leading an artist development programme and a new engagement project.

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Qasim Mahmood

(Trainee 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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