Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
by John Patrick Shanley
★★★★ Critics’ Choice
This fragile two-hander – as delicate and devastating as anything on the London stage right now – glistens with hope… it draws the most fragile of tears… Ché Walker’s intricate, heartfelt and sexy production… Surely one of the best Fringe shows of the year’
★★★★ ‘It would be hard to come out of this 90 minute piece with anything other than a jolt of the heart and a sense of hope’
★★★★ ‘funny one moment, horrifying the next… so engaging and so enjoyable’
‘Clare Latham and Jonathan Chambers have a real rapport as performers and there’s pleasure to be taken in the way they slowly warm up to one another’
‘truly riveting theatre’
British Theatre Guide
Danny is a trucker who people call The Beast. Roberta is a troubled young mother with a teenage son that her parents must now raise. A romantic two-hander about two of society’s loneliest rejects who meet in a bar, the action follows Danny and Roberta as they butt heads and egos in the Bronx before discovering through each other that there is a space for love in their lives. A dangerous and messy love, but love nonetheless.
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea touches the unspoken parts of our humanity: the violence, insanity, love and hate that can occur in the space between two people.
Writer John Patrick Shanley is an Academy Award winning writer (Best Screenplay, Moonstruck). He was also the recipient of an Obie Award for Playwriting, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award in 2005 for Doubt: A Parable.
Director Ché Walker’s previous productions at Southwark Playhouse include Iphigenia (1998). He wrote and directed Been So Long (Royal Court and Young Vic) and will also direct the feature film adaptation from his own screenplay later this year.