Spotlight on Matthew Greenhough for #FestiveFolklore!

Festive Folklore arrives to St Paul’s in just two days, and today we’re introducing you to the last of our writers – Matthew Greenhough!

This Christmas celebration will be directed by Paul-Ryan Carberry, who will be joined in the creative team by musical composer Nick Hart.

You can get your tickets right now – we’re set to have a great night in the heart of Covent Garden, so join us for a night of folk music, spoken word and Christmas festivities this Thursday 5th December.

Get to know Matt below…!


Matthew Greenhough
MATTHEW GREENHOUGH

Matthew Greenhough is an Award-Winning Playwright from Sheffield, South Yorkshire. One third (and Creative Director) of Wound Up Theatre, a company who makes “funny little plays about seismic issues”. His second full legnth proffesional play, “It’ll be Alt-Right on the Night“, recently enjoyed a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival 2019 where it premiered at the Pleasance. For “Alt-Right” he was a recipient of the Live Theatre Bursury for “innovative approaches to story based theatre” and the Peggy Ramsay Foundation Grant. The show is currently on tour. Edinburgh 2019 also saw the return his first proffesional production, the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award listed play “Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy” which played to sold out crowds at the Underbelly. “Bismillah!” had previously enjoyed a National Tour, an extended London run at The Pleasance Theatre, Islington and a sell-out VAULT Festival run (where it won the “Highly Commended Award”). He previously enjoyed fringe success with 2017’s “#VILE: The Untimely Demise of the Manufactured Pop Star“, an in development run of “Bismillah!” in 2015 and 2013’s “Delusions of Adequacy“. He is also an Associate Artist of The Pleasance Theatre, Islington.

In order to allow you all to get to know our artistic collaborators, we have decided to include a Q&A tailored towards this special holiday season as well as the writer’s specific contribution to our event! See below to learn more about Matthew!

What can you tell us about your Festive Folklore piece?

It’s a little ditty about the modern relationship us jaded millennials have with Christmas. A thoughtful, touching, melancholic reflection on the yuletide period! Or that’s the plan anyway…

What made you write about this theme?

Well it’s the constant Christmas dilemma the well meaning twenty/thirty something is faced with in the modern age – the tension between the doubtlessly positive festive message of ‘good will to all men’, in opposition to the consumerist box that message comes wrapped in. I wanted to explore that dichotomy through looking at one characters relationship with the festive season… It’ll be more fun than that sounds though!

What is your favorite Christmas story?

Well a Christmas Carol is an obvious answer, but also the only answer I can truthfully give. It’s an almost perfect morality tale of the redemptive power of kindness and community. Plus, over the years it’s proved so damn versatile! Annually I go through the catalog of adaptations and I never get bored. From the Muppets to Bill Murray, nothing comes close!

Mince pies or Christmas pudding?  

Both

Eggnog or Mulled wine?

I’ve never actually tried Eggnog… But I am partial to Mulled Wine… Maybe this year is the year I switch it up…

Mistletoe or wine?

Both.

 (also, I’m writing this in November, and now I’ve got Cliff Richards 1988 Festive hit stuck in my head, I suspect it will be there till March, thanks for that!)

All you want for Christmas is…?

Health and happiness for my nearest and dearest… And a new laptop.

Early or last minute shopper?

Last minute, every single year… I never learn!

What is your favorite Christmas memory?

Watching my niece last year. She understood what Christmas is for the first time (she’s three) and she was experiencing the wonder of it all anew. Being there with her meant the rest of the family got some of that wonder back… That was nice!

Favourite Christmas cracker joke?

“How does Darth Vader like his Christmas turkey? On the dark side” Christmas and Star Wars…. What’s not to love!

Keep an eye out for the introductions to the rest of our writers that are coming soon! We are thrilled to be putting on this new holiday event and can’t wait for you all to come and see what we have been working on!


Festive Folklore! is a one night event on 5th December at St Paul’s, Covent Garden – get your tickets now!