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GROWTH by Paines Plough. A laugh out loud comedy about a taboo subject.
This Autumn Span Arts have three exciting Pop-up Theatre productions to offer you! And it’s kicking off with the award winning comedy GROWTH by Paines Plough. I would like to begin this blog with a review about the play:
“Though you might assume, from the first few scenes, that Luke Norris’ new comedy for Paines Plough is about cancer, it actually isn’t. Not really, anyway. The problem with Tobes’ balls is a catalyst which provokes a total freak-out and jolts Tobes into re-assessing his life. And what sort of a life is that anyway? His long-term girlfriend was bored with him, he hates his job in a florist and he’s got no plans for the future. He’s going nowhere, basically. The growth in the title is actually not a reference to his tumour, but Tobes himself: it’s time he grew up a little bit.” WhatsOnStage
Three actors play a variety of characters in the life of Tobes (one actor plays Tobes throughout). The play begins with Tobes’ girlfriend breaking up with him. Things go from bad to worse for him as his first Tinder date points out he has a lump on his testicles.
Tobes goes through a consultation process with his local GP and they decide the lump has to be removed. He goes through with the operation (this is not a scene in the play). 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. It’s one of the only plays dealing with the taboo subject of male health, in particular testicular cancer.
Not only is play written by Luke Norris, award-winning writer who has written for Royal Exchange and Royal Court. It is also back by popular demand after an award winning run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a national tour in 2016 and it is a play that will make you laugh out loud while offering a rare insight into a young man dealing with a big problem.
“It’s a lump in a bag of lumps. It’s fine.”
“Genuinely laugh-out-loud funny… heart-stoppingly human.” ★★★★ The Scotsman
“Genuinely hilarious from start to finish… consistently witty, packed with vivid characters and hook-filled dialogue.” – ★★★★ The Stage
“Achingly funny and tender… Of the hundreds of shows at the Fringe, few feel as necessary as this.” –★★★★★ Financial Times
Paines Plough was formed in 1974 and has since produced more than 170 new plays by world renowned playwrights such as Stephen Jeffreys, Abi Morgan, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Dennis Kelly, Mike Bartlett and Kate Tempest. Over the years, the theatre company has toured their plays to hundreds of locations from Orkney to Off-Broadway.
GROWTH will be performed at Merlin’s Theatre, Pembrokeshire College on 18th September.
The show begins at 7.30pm
Tickets: Advance: £8 (standard)/ £6 (concession/member) Door: £10 (standard)/ £8 (concession/member)
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