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Speak Up Creative Associates: LUNG

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Speak Up Creative Associates: LUNG

LUNG are the Creative Associate on Speak Up. Their role is to devise, develop and maintain the methodology and creative ambitions for Speak Up. They will oversee the training of artists and teachers. 

Founded in Barnsley in 2012, LUNG is a campaign led verbatim theatre company that tours work nationally. 

LUNG work closely with different communities to make verbatim theatre and hidden voices heard. LUNG makes 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 Co-Artistic Directors are Helen Monks and Matt Woodhead.

Together they have created critically acclaimed plays including E15Who Cares and Trojan Horse. Each project is co-created with the people, often young people, at the heart of the story and puts engagement and campaigning work at its centre. Helen and Matt also design and deliver extensive schoolwork and are honouree Research Fellows at the University of Nottingham. 

Photograph by Tom Doona.