A painful comedy about growing up and manning up.
Tobes is young, free and having a ball. Off. He’s successfully ignored his lump for two years but it’s starting to get in the way – cramping his style and, worse, affecting his sex life. So now there are pants to be dropped, and decisions to be made… it’s a real ball ache.
Luke Norris’s play Growth was first produced by Paines Plough in their pop-up theatre, Roundabout, at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it won a Fringe First Award. It subsequently toured the UK. An earlier version of the play was seen at the Gate Theatre, London.
‘Norris’ script is very funny, throwing laugh-out-loud one-liners out at a rate of knots’
‘Gripping and deeply moving from start to finish… brilliant, sensitive writing’
— British Theatre Guide
‘Achingly funny and tender… of the hundreds of shows at the Fringe, few feel as necessary as this’
— Financial Times
‘Consolidates the career of a significant playwriting talent… Quite simply, this is everything you could want from a play on such a difficult subject. It’s so straightforward and genuinely laugh-out-loud funny as to make it a popular hit, but with an unerring connection to its characters and their responses’
‘Growth has a beady wit and lots of snazzy one-liners… funny and truthful’
Edinburgh Fringe First Award