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Set in the violent world of Victorian boxing and the honour code of the Romany Gipsies, 'The Dog and The Elephant' is the compelling story of the unlikely kinship between young boxer Bendigo Barlow and 'Ina', an elephant from a Travelling Menagerie.

First created for stage in conjunction with Ferment for The Bristol Old Vic, it is now an award-winning short film by Found Studio, directed by Mike Sharpe and written by Matt Grinter.

London Critics Circle Shortlisted, Bafta Long-Listed, ECU Winner, LIFF Winner, Stony Brook Official Selection, Vault Official Selection, Norwich Nominated.


An incisive, unflinching insight into what makes a community tolerate the unthinkable.

Midsummer. The village must choose a new Daughter to sail with the fishing boats and bless the waters, keeping them safe from the roaming orcas for another year.

Fan hopes with all her heart to be the one they choose. But her older sister Maggie says she must never, never, go with the boats. Because something happened to Maggie out there. And no one will admit it.

Matt Grinter's play Orca was the winner of the 2016 Papa Tango New Writing Prize in association with Southwark Playhouse, London, where it premiered in 2016.


The award-winning Travelling Light presented Vixen, an original story by Matt Grinter about a young girl who is turning into a fox. Expect to see beauty hidden in unremarkable places, friendships that don’t follow the rules, the things that unite us and a girl aching to belong.

Vixen recently completed its first UK Theatre Tour. 


One of Bristol 24/7's Productions of the year - 2019

This atmospheric retelling of the classic fairy-tale was brought to life by immersive Theatre Company Insane Root and written by Matt Grinter, the show was performed in the historic 'New Room' in Bristol - the first Methodist chapel in the world.


Two plays Legacy and Wings, written by Matt Grinter in conjunction with Bath Theatre Royal and performed by community actors as part of their Theatre Outreach.


Boys Grown Tall was a personal story about becoming a father.

A short audio play commissioned and produced by BBC Radio 4.

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