Plays by Luke Norris

Goodbye to All That

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Luke Norris's Goodbye to All That is a play about the possibilities of love and the fateful consequences of a 69-year-old man's decision to leave his wife for his lover. It was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs on 23 February 2012.

The play's action is set in various locations in Essex. When 18-year-old David discovers that his 69-year-old grandad, Frank, is having an affair, he threatens to expose the whole thing. Compelled to act, Frank reveals to Iris, his wife of 45 years, that he plans to leave her for the widowed Rita. But when Frank has a stroke that puts him in intensive care, the two women are left to battle over his sadly disabled body.

The Royal Court premiere was directed by Simon Godwin and designed by Tom Piper, with Alexander Cobb as David, Roger Sloman as Frank, Linda Marlowe as Rita and Susan Brown as Iris.


Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

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.

So Here We Are

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

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.

Picture of Luke Norris

Luke Norris is a writer and actor. His writing credits include: Growth (Paines Plough UK tour, 2016); So Here We Are (HighTide/ Festival and Manchester Royal Exchange, 2015; winner of the Bruntwood Prize Judges’ Award, 2013); Hearts (National Theatre Connections); A Puzzle (Site Specific piece for the Royal Court); Goodbye To All That (Royal Court Theatre, 2012) and Borough Market (Edinburgh Fringe).