It’s true that not much happens, but the performances are certainly compelling. Gareth O’Connor, as Danny, burns with rage, when his temper explodes it’s genuinely terrifying and, at times, quite shocking. It’s a testament to his craft that he can build himself up to this level of fury and not lose control completely.
Megan Lloyd-Jones, as Roberta, also gives a powerful performance. Her desperation for some kind of forgiveness, indeed punishment, just comes pouring out in a wave of emotion.
The dialogue is briefly broken with a choreographed routine, by Katie Lines, which represents the violent love making. It works particularly well, not only in taking a break from all the self-pity, but to establish the couples blossoming relationship and the dynamic that any future they have, may hold.
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea is written to put more emphasis on the character exploration than the storyline, and therefore runs the danger of becoming dull. Yet, this production is in capable hands, strong direction and arresting performances make the words leap from the page and take on life in all it’s shocking ugliness.
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