Luke Norris's So Here We Are is a play about young lives cut short and a portrait of childhood friendships under strain in adult life. It won a Judges Award at the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. It was first performed at the 2015 HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh, on 10 September 2015. The production transferred to the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, on 24 September 2015.
The play's action is in two parts. In Part One, four friends in their twenties – Smudge, Pugh, Pidge and Dan – sit on a sea wall in Southend, Essex, lamenting the death of their mutual friend, Frankie. In Part Two, the action flashes back to the day of Frankie's death: it is Frankie's birthday and, as well as a romantic dinner with Kirsty, the girlfriend he is expected to marry, he will visit each of his old friends, one by one.
The HighTide premiere was directed by Steven Atkinson and designed by Lily Arnold, with Jade Anouka as Kirsty, Daniel Kendrick as Frankie, Sam Melvin as Pidge, Ciarán Owens as Dan, Dorian Jerome Simpson as Smudge and Mark Weinman as Pugh.