Two castaways, Danny and Roberta, fight their way to each other in a sea of hardship and cling violently for a chance at the happiness afforded to most but denied to them. Against the backdrop of a rundown bar in the Bronx, John Patrick Shanley’s classic play is an explosive and deeply affecting study of alienation and the redemptive power of love. Here lie the ingredients that make us human: the need to be heard, understood, loved and accepted, and the fear of not being any of them. New York is many things, but forgiving is not one of them.
After a critically acclaimed run in 2016, Danny And The Deep Blue Sea comes to The Old Red Lion.
starring Gareth O’Connor and Megan Lloyd-Jones
Directed by Courtney Larkin
A PRODUCTION THAT STRIKES SPARKS ALL OVER THE PLACE
"Megan Lloyd-Jones and Gareth O’Connor deliver intense and creditably intimate performances as two people who have been bashed about by life until the bruises show. Director Courtney Larkin keeps the action tightly focused at all times and there is an unusually effective dance sequence choreographed by Kate Lines symbolising a torrid sexual encounter"
"Gareth O'Connor convinces in his transformation from closed-down sullen ball of anger to almost a romantic lead, as Danny first questions why he and Roberta can't have what others have (a white wedding) and then suddenly sees their path towards it. Megan Lloyd-Jones gives us a Roberta emerging from a delayed adolescence just as her son is about to enter his (he being the reason she missed it first time round). She looks young and relatively undamaged for her character's age and backstory, but Lloyd-Jones nails the accent, a critical component of a play that is very much of NYC".
"O’Connor and Lloyd-Jones’ chemistry on stage is mesmerising, as they guide the audience through Danny and Roberta’s whirlwind romance. O’Connor, in particular, executes the alienated character of Danny “The Beast” with both finesse and poignancy. The couple’s despondency and desperation to find meaning in their lives really strike a chord, highlighting the contrasting moments in which the pair seek redemption through loving each other".
6th - 24th June
Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday matinee at 3pm
Tickets £16.50 (£12.50 concessions)
Latecomers will not be admitted.