Paines Plough’s Growth: A light touch on a serious lesson

Paines Plough presents Growth

TUESDAY 26 SEP, 7:30 PM
£12/U26 £6
GLENCAIRN MEMORIAL INSTITUTE CHAPEL STREET, MONIAIVE

WEDNESDAY 27 SEP, 7:30 PM
£12/U26 £6
THEATRE ROYAL STUDIO, 66-68 SHAKESPEARE ST, DG1 2JH

A comedy about growing up and manning-up

Arts Live Performing Arts Promoters Network are delighted to welcome back the brilliant Paines Plough Theatre company to present its brand new “witty, sharp and frequently laugh-out-loud funny” new drama, Growth, to two of the region’s venues.

Growth is the third play from critically acclaimed playwright Luke Norris. It follows mid-20s’ Tobes as, in the space of a few days, his girlfriend breaks up with him; he loses his job; and a Tinder date tells him she won’t sleep with him until he gets the lump on his testicles looked at.

He goes through a consultation process with his local GP and they decide the lump has to be removed. Tobes then deals with the aftermath and goes to a support group. He realises his problems aren’t as big as he’d made them seem.

Growth is a very funny look at a young man dealing with an overwhelming problem. One of the only plays dealing with the taboo subject of male health, in particular testicular cancer. Although Norris’ touch is light on such a serious subject, the play exposes the problems of “lad” culture, where men are reluctant to seek help when it is necessary.

The show opening at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016 and had the audience in fits of laughter from start to finish. The critical response to the play was overwhelming with Growth picking up plenty of stars and a prestigious Fringe First Award.

Fans of TV historical dramas will know Luke Norris as Dr Dwight Enys in Poldark and theatre-goers will know him as an award-winning actor and a playwright. His recent theatre roles have been in Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge and Matthew Xia’s Blue/Orange .

“Achingly funny and tender… Of the hundreds of shows at the Fringe, few feel as
necessary as this.” ★★★★★ Financial Times
“A league or two above anything but the pick of the Fringe…deeply moving.” ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide
“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
“Very funny, throwing laugh-out-loud one-liners… but vitally important.” ★★★★ WhatsOnStage
“GROWTH is smart and funny and frequently absolutely fearless, with excellent performances.” Exeunt
“Witty, sharp and frequently laugh-out-loud funny.” ★★★★ Auditorium
“Norris’s script pings with outstanding one liners… highly recommended!” ★★★★ British Theatre
“Hilarious, heartwarming and relevant.” ★★★★ 1/2 Reviews Hub