Danny Clifford in Unbreakable
Local playwright and actor, Danny Clifford returns to the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival with his new play, Unbreakable on 11-13 July at the King’s Arms in Salford.
The play comes hot on the heels of Danny’s much-acclaimed writing debut, From Heaven to Hell, which was set against the backdrop of World War One. Directed by Sue Jenkins it was nominated for several awards including Best Drama and Best Adaptation and received a string of five star reviews.
His latest work is set in modern day Manchester but it is no less hard hitting than his last, featuring themes such as drug addiction, money, lust and exploitation when a couple’s once idyllic life begins to spiral dangerously out of control. With a fantastic cast, projections of the city and a pitch-perfect soundtrack from some of Manchester’s greatest bands, it is a rollercoaster ride of happiness, despair, love, loyalty and redemption.
“I am really interested in the capacity of the human spirit to find hope in the bleakest of times. This was pivotal in From Heaven to Hell and now again in Unbreakable. There is a war being fought on the streets of Manchester every day in terms of drugs, abuse and exploitation but ultimately I think hope and love is stronger, and that’s what I explore in the play.”
The play features a cast of six people, including Eve Gordon, who played Caitlin Ryan in Coronation Street and Danny himself, who trained hard for his role as a boxer to ensure the fight scenes were as realistic as possible.
Danny is the son of Keith Clifford, best known for playing Billy Hardcastle in Last of the Summer Wine. He has recently set up his own production company, As You Do Theatre Productions and also runs his own building firm in Cheshire.
“I’m not shy of hard work. I like to be busy but acting and writing is my passion. It’s brilliant to be working with the GM Fringe again and I’m proud of the story that we tell in Unbreakable. We’ve got a great team of actors, a brilliant director and an excellent production team so I hope people will really enjoy it.”
Unbreakable will be performed at the Kings Arms in Salford 11 – 13 July 2019.
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