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So Here We Are

A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production

So Here We Are

by Luke Norris

A fast-moving witty play about Essex boys and their hopes, dreams & frustrations…

Smudge, Pugh, Pidge and Dan are four mates in their mid-twenties. Sitting on a crumbling sea wall in Southend at the arse end of summer with beers in hand, they plan the five-aside for Monday night. But there’s something else the lads really don’t want to talk about…

This very funny and very moving play is about secrets and lies – feeling trapped by childhood, making those big choices and perhaps wanting to start again from the very beginning.

Tightly packed with laughs, but underscored by limited horizons and lives lined with loss, this is a Bruntwood prize-winning play from Luke Norris (Royal Court, Paines Plough) – an Essex boy raised in Romford with a real ear for the everyday.

‘Norris’s dialogue is razor sharp, and his portrayal of male friendships in a working-class Essex town feels spot on’ Financial Times

‘A playwright of major promise’ Daily Telegraph

Essex on Stage plays include language and situations authentic to the characters and worlds portrayed.

Essex on Stage has been made possible by the generous support of The Clothworkers’ Foundation. Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is the recipient of the 2018 Clothworkers’ Theatre Award, a competitive annual prize given to a regional producing theatre, that has only ever been awarded five times.


Talk Back

Tues 17th – So Here We Are

We will be joined by the cast of So Here We Are to answer audience questions on acting and the production, as well as Paul Dobisz, a local mental health support worker who will support us in discussing the themes of the play such as male mental health and the stigma around this subject.



Both shows in our Essex Girls and Boys season explore the importance of friendship, and what better way to celebrate the power of friendship than a night out with your best mates? We all get by with a little help from our friends, so we’re treating you! Bring yourself and a few friends along to see Stiletto Beach or So Here We Are on Friday or Saturday and you can get a FREE glass of wine or bottle of beer each! To claim, simply enter code MATES at checkout to receive your drinks vouchers.

Offer applies to parties of four or more people. Only valid on Friday and Saturday performances of Stiletto Beach and So Here We Are. Offer applies to 175ml glass of house wine or standard size bottle of beer.


Up Close Event for Under 26s
Join us on Sat 21 Sep for an afternoon and evening jam-packed with theatre!
As part of Queen’s Theatre Essex on Stage programme we are showcasing the work of two talented local playwrights, Sadie Hasler and Luke Norris. Stiletto Beach by Sadie Hasler is a funny heart-warming look at what it really means to be an Essex Girl & So Here We Are by Luke Norris, a fast-moving witty play about Essex Boys and their hopes, dreams and frustrations.

Come and see both plays, attend a theatre workshop and enjoy pizza – all for just £8!
3:00pm – 3:15pm – Meet at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch Foyer

3:30pm – So Here We Are

5:00pm – Break

5:30pm – Theatre Workshop

7:00pm – Pizza

8:00pm – Stiletto Beach

9:30pm – Finish
Purchase tickets at Box Office by calling 01708443333 and quoting the code UPCLOSE.
Please note both productions contain strong language, advisory age 14+.


7 - 28 Sep 2019


Various times, see below


£12.50 | £17 | £19.50 (+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)

Tue - Thu
£19 | £23.50 | £27 (+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)
£8 | Under 26s (Collection only - Please show proof of age)

Fri & Sat
£21.50 | £26 | £29 (+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)

Running Time

90 minutes

Access Details

Audio Described
Sat 21 Sep | 3.30pm


Main House

Cast + Creatives

by Luke Norris
Directed by Caroline Leslie
Designed by Dora Schweitzer
Lighting Designed by Douglas Kuhrt
Sound Designed by Steve Mayo

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