DOI: 10.5040/9781784603922.00000002
Scenes: 16. Roles: Male (9) , Female (8) , Neutral (0)

Luke Norris’s play Growth is a dark comedy about masculinity and testicular cancer. It was commissioned and first performed by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in collaboration with Paines Plough. A new production by Paines Plough opened in their pop-up theatre, Roundabout, as part of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, on 6 August 2016. It subsequently toured the UK.

The play's action unfolds in a series of duologue exchanges (the final scene breaks the pattern, introducing a third character), with Tobes as the one constant character throughout. Tobes is a young man who hates his job at a garden centre and has no plans for the future. When his long-term girlfriend, Beth, dumps him in the opening scene, his boss, Jared, tells him not to come back to work 'till someone’s made you a man', and advises Tobes to get himself on Tinder. He does so, but his date, Ellie, notices a 'lump', and tells Tobes he should get it checked. The revelation that he has a cancerous growth on one of his testicles leads to a crisis of embarrassment and worse for Tobes, as he struggles to maintain his self-respect despite encountering others with far worse problems than his own.

The Paines Plough production in the Roundabout was directed by George Perrin, and was performed by Remy Beasley, Richard Corgan and Andy Rush.

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Nick Hern Books

Luke Norris

ISBN: 9781848425927

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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