Originally devised as an educational piece in the height of the Zoom era of the pandemic, My Boy Danny — written by award-winning writer, director and actor Alfie James — will have its live performance debut at the Lion & Unicorn next month.
Alfie James‘ new play My Boy Danny captures the growing and alarming issue of gang hate crime towards members of the LGBTQ+ community within society today. The show will have its live performance debut at London’s Lion & Unicorn Theatre for three nights only from 11 to 13 October 2021.
Every night Ange stands by the window looking out with the hope to see her son one last time looking up at her from across the road. Instead, every night for the past eleven months there has been a shadow standing there in his place. Desperate for answers, Ange lets the shadow in.
Rory is just a regular awkward teenage boy. Or at least he was until that night when it all went wrong. Desperate to tell his story and to reach out to a woman he had never met but knew so much about.
Originally recorded as an audio play in 2020 during lockdown, My Boy Danny then formed part of Camden Fringe’s 2021 digital season to critical acclaim. The play has gone on to receive funding and support from the Arts Council, England, LGBT charity Stonewall, and the Southwark Wellbeing Hub to further develop the play and is presented at the Lion & Unicorn in its latest version.
Praise for My Boy Danny:
“Powerfully performed play which is both sensitively and poetically written”
Brighton & Hove Independent
“My Boy Danny offers a satisfying, enjoyable, emotive and intriguing theatre-fix
provided by local creatives. In short, one which is well worth your attention.”
The cast of the original recording will reprise their roles in this live theatre adaptation; Kitty Whitley plays Ange, Ben Kinsman is Rory and Atarah plays Leah. The piece will be directed by writer Alfie James, who said:
“We were blown away by the love and support which we received for the play, especially as the audio play was recorded raw on Zoom from our own living rooms during the lockdown. People seem to identify with the characters. None of them of them are heroes or villains. They are just normal people with strengths and flaws trying to get by.”
Now commenting on the full live production onstage, James added: “We’re still pinching ourselves to be given the opportunity to perform at the Lion & Unicorn and to have received such love for our little play.”
My Boy Danny runs from 11 to 13 October 2021 at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre, 42-44 Gaisford St, London NW5 2ED, with performances at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £13 (concessions £11). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!