Frankie’s dead. And no one’s quite sure why. But the boys won’t talk about it. They can’t. There are some truths that men can’t share.
So Here We Are is a play about what can happen when nothing happens, a compassionate look at young lives cut short and a touching portrait of childhood friendships under strain in adult life.
The play was a winner of a Judges Award at the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. It premiered at the HighTide Festival in September 2015, in a co-production with the Royal Exchange, Manchester, in a production directed by Steven Atkinson.
‘Hurtles along like an express train… Norris writes sharp, fast dialogue that shows a real ear for everyday speech’
‘Peppered with witty one-liners and underscored by a poignant sense of loss… Norris’s dialogue is razor sharp, and his portrayal of male friendships in a working-class Essex town feels spot on’
— Financial Times
‘There’s plenty of dark humour in Norris’ script, but also a masterly handling of unspoken grief… this powerful piece of writing will stick in the memory’
— The Reviews Hub
Winner: Judges Award, Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2013