HighTide Festival Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre , Manchester present the world premiere of So Here We Are. 

“You was always good at secrets. Both of yer.”

Frankie’s dead. And no-one’s quite sure why. But the boys won’t talk about it. They can’t. There are some truths that men can’t share.

So Here We Are is a play about what can happen when nothing happens.

Luke Norris’ deputy play, Goodbye to All That was acclaimed for its depiction of love between senior citizens. In So Here We Are he offers a compassionate look at young lives cut short and a touching portrait of childhood friendships under strain in adult life.

So Here We Are was a winner of a 2013 Bruntwood Award Prize for Playwriting, this HighTide / Royal Exchange Theatre co-production is directed by Steven Atkinson, the award-winning artistic director of HighTide.

Goodbye to All That premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in March 2012, directed by Simon Godwin. Luke’s most recent play, Growth was a Paines Plough commission for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and played at The Gate in April 2015 (directed by Sean Linnen). Other plays include Hearts (National Theatre Connections, 2014) and A Puzzle (Short, Open Court Season, Royal Court 2013). Luke also writes for screen and has TV projects in various stages of development.

Luke is also an actor. Recent credits include Poldark (BBC), A View From the Bridge (Young Vic/West End), Hamlet and As You Like It (RSC), Orpheus Descending (Royal Exchange Theatre) and Antigone (National Theatre).

Fidelio Charitable Trust

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Cast & Creatives

  • Jade Anouka Kirsty
  • Daniel Kendrick Frankie
  • Sam Melvin Pidge
  • Ciarán Owens Dan
  • Dorian Jerome Simpson Smudge
  • Mark Weinman Pugh
  • Luke Norris Writer
  • Steven Atkinson Director
    Steven Atkinson is co-founder and the Artistic Director of HighTide. His directing credits for HighTide include In Fidelity (Traverse Theatre); The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (Arcola Theatre); Those Who Trespass (Arts Educational Schools London); Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre); So Here We Are (Royal Exchange Theatre); Lampedusa (Soho Theatre); peddling (Arcola Theatre, Off-Broadway); Pussy Riot: Hunger Strike (Bush Theatre, Southbank Centre); Neighbors (Nuffield Theatre); Bottleneck (Soho Theatre, UK tour); ClockworkBethany; Incoming; Dusk Rings A Bell (Watford Palace Theatre); Lidless (Trafalgar Studios); Muhmah; The Pitch (Latitude). His other productions include Chicken (Paines Plough Roundabout) and The Afghan and the Penguin (Radio 4).
  • Lily Arnold Design
    Lily trained at Wimbledon College of Art. For HighTide: Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre); So Here We Are (HighTide Festival, Royal Exchange Theatre); peddling (HighTide Festival, 59E59 Theaters, New York City, Arcola Theatre). Theatre and Opera includes: The Fruit Trilogy (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Jeramee, Hartleby and Ooglemoore (Unicorn Theatre); Things Will Never be The Same Again (Tricycle Theatre); The Solid Life of Sugar Water (Graeae); The Box of Photographs, Minotaur (Polka Theatre); The Jew of MaltaKing Lear; Taming Of The ShrewThe Rape of Lucrece (RSC); Up and Out Christmas Sprout (Northern Stage); Tomcat (Papatango); Blake Remixed (Underbelly/National Tour); Beached (Marlowe Studios/Soho Theatre); The Edge of our BodiesGruesome Playground Injuries (Gate Theatre);  World Enough and Time (Park theatre); The Boss of It All (Assembly Roxy/Soho Theatre); A Season in the CongoThe Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic); Happy New (Trafalgar Studios); Opera Scenes (National Opera Studio); Red Handed (The Place, London).
  • Katharine Williams Lighting
  • Isobel Waller-Bridge Composer and Sound
  • Tom Jackson Greaves Movement Director
  • Piers Black-Hawkins Assistant Director