From the Archive: BushGreen meets Lee Mattinson

What plays should we (the users of bushgreen – ie emerging and professional Playwrights/Practitioners) be reading, putting on and going to see?

I’m a rubbish reader.

However, there are three books (The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks, Pigtopia by Kitty Fitzgerald, George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl) and four plays (HUSHABYE MOUNTAIN by Jonathan Harvey, ERPINGHAM CAMP  by Joe Orton, TALENT  by Victoria Wood, SHIRLEY VALENTINE  by Willy Russell) that I read on a continual cycle so please put one of those on…or read them all…everyone…over and over in a creepy way like me.


What are your career highlights so far?

My 80’s themed house party when my radio play about a Cilla Black fantasist was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.  The buffet was suitably crap.  There was Brandy and Babycham which was non crap.  And port.  Win win.


Who is the greatest influence on your career?

My pal Victoria.  She read my stories when no one else would.


What’s the best thing you’ve ever seen at the theatre?

Louis Roberts performance as Gary in the adaptation of APPLES  by Richard Millward at Northern Stage in Newcastle.  I even went twice.  And he nailed it.  Twice.


Lee graduated from Manchester University with an MA in Novel Writing and his most recent play CROCODILES was shortlisted for The Verity Bargate Award 2011.  He is scared of the dark, ghosts and mustard. Theatre credits include: DONNA DISCO, THE CHALET LINES, ME AND CILLA, M&S S&M, ORLANDO SPOON, I HEART MORRISSEY, SHITTY SHITTY BANG BANG, 6C NATIVITY, CIRCUS GIRL (Live Theatre), JONATHAN LIKES THIS (National Theatre/Live Theatre), CHOCOLATE (West Yorkshire Playhouse), PAPER MEN HOLD HANDS (Monster Productions), THE BANG GANG (Bad Fox), SWAN SONG (New Writing North/Live Theatre), FREDDY HEARTS FREDDIE (Ugly Sister Productions) Radio credits include: Me and Cilla (‘The Wire’ BBC Radio 3), Prom, Snowglobe, Aileen and the Drag Queen (BBC Radio Newcastle). TV credits include: Scallywagga (BBC3)