In the Spotlight: GROWTH from Paines Plough Theatre Company

From the Fringe to the Hills - Let's take a look at award-winning theatre show GROWTH

Written by Dani Boniface

It's not every day that a theatre show quite like this comes to town. Contemporary, moving and laugh-out-loud funny... if GROWTH isn't on your radar yet then it's time we put things right.

About the show - from Paines Plough

“It’s a lump in a bag of lumps. It’s fine.”

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.

A comedy about growing up and manning up from critically acclaimed writer Luke Norris (SO HERE WE ARE, Royal Exchange; GOODBYE TO ALL THAT, Royal Court).

Winner of a prestigious Fringe First Award at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, GROWTH embarks on its second national tour this year.

What the critics say

The team here at Kirkgate Arts are excited for GROWTH because it's so much more than a theatre show, and so much more than a comedy.

And the reviews speak volumes:

Achingly funny and tender... Of the hundreds of shows at the Fringe, few feel as necessary as this.” ★★★★★ Financial Times
“Genuinely hilarious from start to finish... consistently witty, packed with vivid characters and hook-filled dialogue.” ★★★★ The Stage
Genuinely laugh-out-loud funny... heart-stoppingly human.”
★★★★ The Scotsman

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It's on point, a show for our time and shares a crucial message:

Daisy Bowie-Sell for What's On Stage said it perfectly in last year's article: "At Growth's heart is a simple message. Simple, but vitally important: go and get checked, before it is too late, because it might just be nothing. And that's a message that more and more people need to hear."

About the Writer: Luke Norris

Luke Norris is an award-winning writer and actor who has written for the Royal Exchange, the Royal Court and features in BBC TV's Poldark. He is currently under commission to The Bush Theatre. He is currently under commission to the Bush Theatre and is writing a new play under attachment to the National Theatre New Work Department. His radio play for BBC Radio 4 THE COMING TIDE is currently available on iPlayerhere.

About the Company: Paines Plough

GROWTH is co-produced by Paines Plough, the UK’s leading new writing touring company, at the forefront of finding bold new writing, directing and acting talent.

Paines Plough was formed in 1974 (over a pint of Paines Bitter in The Plough pub). Since then they’ve produced more than 170 new plays by world renowned playwrights like Stephen Jeffreys, Abi Morgan, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Dennis Kelly, Mike Bartlett and Kate Tempest. Those plays have toured to hundreds of places, from Orkney to Off-Broadway.

This is a rare opportunity to see such vibrant, witty and prestigious work in West Cumbria!


When can you see it?

GROWTH arrives in Cockermouth on Friday 29th September. You can visit the show page and grab your tickets here.

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