Battersea Arts Centre,

Lavender Hill

SW11 5TN




If you plant a seed, and treat it like the dirt it's surrounded by, it'll grow ugly, like me. . . Written by Tom Gill, Growing Pains is an explosive new drama that gives a thrilling twist to the conventional coming of age story. Combining quick-witted lyricism with original songs, Gill's genre-bending and unflinching production takes us on a poetic journey from heartache to redemption against the backdrop of Ladbrokes, broke lads, and dads. Told through the eyes of a young, working-class lad, Tom trades his baghead mates for a one-way ticket out of his hometown. But still carrying the weight of the world in his JD Sports bag, he'll need more than a Young Person's Railcard and a bag of magic mushrooms for the journey he's about to take. . . Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre