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By Luke Norris
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848425927, 96 pages, August 2016


"That? That’s. I mean.
It’s a lump in a bag of lumps.
I mean.
It’s normal. "


  • Winner, Edinburgh Fringe First Award 2016


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.

Luke Norris's play Growth was first produced by Paines Plough in their pop-up theatre, Roundabout, at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it won a Fringe First Award. It subsequently toured the UK. An earlier version of the play was seen at the Gate Theatre, London.


"Norris' script is very funny, throwing laugh-out-loud one-liners out at a rate of knots. " —WhatsOnStage

"Gripping and deeply moving from start to finish… brilliant, sensitive writing. " —British Theatre Guide

"Consolidates the career of a significant playwriting talent… Quite simply, this is everything you could want from a play on such a difficult subject. It’s so straightforward and genuinely laugh-out-loud funny as to make it a popular hit, but with an unerring connection to its characters and their responses. " —Scotsman

"Growth has a beady wit and lots of snazzy one-liners… funny and truthful. " —Guardian

"Achingly funny and tender. .. of the hundreds of shows at the Fringe, few feel as necessary as this. " —Financial Times