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Matt Woodhead

A true story about the crisis facing prisons in Britain today, told with haunting poetry by the award-winning verbatim company LUNG Theatre.

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I dance in the horror of grief.

Three men at Woodhill prison are dead. Their families demand answers. This is a call to arms about the crisis facing prisons.

In their own words, lyrically told, three families investigate what happened to their boys and shine a light on the hidden story of HMP Woodhill. What they discover is so haunting, it turns their world upside down.

An explosive true story by multi-award-winning LUNG, Woodhill opened at The North Wall, Oxford, in July 2023.

Winner: Sit-Up Award for outstanding social impact
Winner: Lustrum Award

Critic Reviews

[An] astonishing portrait of Britain's failing prison system . . . the ambitious form for this urgent material honours the dead and those who fight for change.

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The Scotsman
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Blazing energy and righteous fury . . . This is an astonishingly powerful, urgent piece of theatre, one that stares unflinchingly at families’ grief and official disregard, and demands better.

Arts Desk
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LUNG is one of the most important documentary drama companies in Britain . . . This thoughtful and compassionate account of a terrible system of injustice is necessary [and] important.

British Theatre Guide
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Every show [by LUNG] has furthered the form of verbatim theatre. But their latest piece of work, Woodhill, is a massive leap forward, and a dazzling one . . . It’s a deeply elegant piece of theatre [that] shows a company finding a new, extraordinary way of doing justice to injustice.

Evening Standard