Paines Plough brings Luke Norris’ critically praised new play ‘Growth’ to Margate this September as part of Roundabout Festival 2016.
The play has been impressing all those who have seen it at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. Broadway World caught up with Luke to chat about his latest work.
BWW speaks to Luke Norris writer of 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show Growth.
Tell us a bit about Growth.
Growth is a play about a guy who finds a lump on his testicle and then has to deal with the fallout of that…
But it’s really about how life forces you to grow up by insisting you make decisions and take responsibility for all manner of things, like-it-or-not. It’s as much about my fear of completing a tax-return or going to the dentist as it is about testicular cancer.
What inspired the show?
The main event happened to a mate of mine, but the play isn’t at all biographical…
GROWTH was originally commissioned for graduating actors at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, so- more than anything- I wanted to write something that might stir people in their early twenties. And the idea that young people get ill, maybe even die, is a tough thing to accept when you feel invincible, but there’s something about being on that precipice of leaving education for the ‘real world’ that feels like it resonates with the play somehow.
Cancer isn’t a traditionally funny topic, was this difficult to write?
It was difficult to write… but not really for that reason. I sort of think you’d probably be hard-pushed to find anyone (British at least) who faces a grave illness- or any seemingly bleak situation- without some humour. It’s about the only coping mechanism we’ve got. And in dramaturgical terms, I don’t think a play about a ‘serious topic’ would even work without some laughs. Light and shade and all that.
Who would you recommend Growth to?
Anyone who fancies getting out of the house, really… but I suppose it’s designed to chime with anyone who has anxieties about getting older, or anyone who is facing change, or making difficult decisions. Or anyone who has a to-do list that they’re tempted to ignore.
What’s next for Growth after the festival?
Roundabout is on tour throughout the UK for a couple of months… dates and places from Paines Plough!
What the critics are saying:
“Very funny, throwing laugh-out-loud one-liners… but vitally important.” – ★★★★ WhatsOnStage
“Genuinely hilarious from start to finish… consistently witty, packed with vivid characters and hook-filled dialogue.” – ★★★★ The Stage
“Genuinely laugh-out-loud funny… heart-stoppingly human.” – ★★★★ The Scotsman
“GROWTH is smart and funny and frequently absolutely fearless, with excellent performances.” – Exeunt
“Achingly funny and tender… Of the hundreds of shows at the Fringe, few feel as necessary as this.” – ★★★★★ Financial Times
“Witty, sharp and frequently laugh-out-loud funny.” – ★★★★ Auditorium
“Thoroughly entertaining.” – ★★★★ Broadway Baby
You can book to see Growth this September on our website or by calling the Box Office on 01843 292795
Tickets range from FREE to £12, and the more you buy, the cheaper they get!
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2 tickets £10 (£20)
3 tickets £8 (£24)
4 tickets £7 (£28)
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