Luke’s play GROWTH was initially commissioned by Paines Plough and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where it debuted before transferring to the Gate Theatre, London. It was then performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Paines Plough’s Roundabout Theatre, where it won a Fringe First before heading out on a UK tour.
It will tour again in September/October 2017. 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 iPlayer here.
Reviews for Growth:
“Growth is instantly identifiable as at the very least a league or two above anything but the pick of the Fringe” (★★★★★, British Theatre Guide)
“This unlikely comedy by Luke Norris consolidates the career of a significant playwriting talent” ( ★★★★, The Scotsman)
“An extremely funny and poignant work, another reason to keep a close eye on the ascending Norris’s distinctive and sensitive work” (★★★★, The Stage)
“Norris’ script is very funny, throwing laugh-out-loud one-liners out at a rate of knots…sharp dialogue, fluid storytelling and some excellent ensemble performances” (★★★★, WhatsOnStage)
“Smart and funny and frequently absolutely fearless, with excellent performances” (Exeunt)
Luke’s professional debut GOODBYE TO ALL THAT was performed at the Royal Court Jerwood and was widely acclaimed; the Telegraph commented that ‘we’re in the presence, unquestionably, of a playwright of major promise’. His next play SO HERE WE ARE, won a Bruntwood Judges Award and was nominated for two Manchester Theatre Awards. It debuted at High Tide Festival in September 2015 before transferring to Manchester Royal Exchange.
Luke has also written for the National Theatre Connections (HEARTS), which played at the Sheffield Crucible and the Shed Theatre at the National. He is currently under commission to The Bush Theatre.