#VILE: The Untimely Demise of a    


Manufactured Pop Star

Initially developed with the support of London's Theatre N16 as part of its ‘N16: Presents’ showcase of exciting young creatives, and also enjoying support from the Soho Theatre through the Soho Theatre Young Company, #VILE: The Untimely Demise of a Manufactured Pop Star was Wound Up's first one man show which enjoyed a barnstorming run at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. It was written and performed by the companies creative director Matthew Greenhough.

#VILE is the story of a famous-ish man, who returns to his northern home town just as his forced persona of banality begins to slip away, with hilarious, offensive and potentially deadly consequences.

The show was performed  the Space @Jury’s Inn for two weeks right in the heart of 70th Edinburgh fringe festival from the 14th - 26st August 2017 (excluding 20th).

Creative Team

Indoctrinated into the cult of celebrity from birth and still reeling from his first heartbreak, our protagonist achieved in his late teens what our culture values most highly: a low level of national recognition following exposure on a reality television programme.

Now a manufactured pop star, he is famed for his social media presence, his ‘British Kardashian' pop starlet girlfriend and his brief spells presenting magazine pieces on breakfast television. He is the epitome of contemporary minor mainstream success. Only, he doesn’t feel that way, he feels vile, and he hardly even recognises the man who looks back at him from his profile pictures.

A pitch-black, satirical comedy for a cynical, digital age.


Chronicling the social media-induced breakdown of a D-list celebrity, this one-man show explores the dark realities of fame, ambition, existential angst, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and masturbating in an accessible toilet at the Pride of Britain Awards.

Written and Performed by Matthew Greenhough

Directed by Dom Riley

Produced by Abee McCallum

Costume Designer, Alice Cousins

Sound Designer, Ben Everett Riley

Technical support, Ikram Gilani

Traditionally subversive, seriously comical. 

© 2019 by Wound Up Theatre.

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