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Roll the Dice

Local Playwright Danny Clifford is back in theatres with his new Autobiographical solo comedy show "Roll the dice". It features, Zeus, gangsters, strippers, firefighters, bodybuilders and a journey half way across the world. 

Roll The Dice is an fun immersive comedy which takes you on a journey, from interactions with Zeus to beautiful projections which set every scene. 

The play is a true story which follows Danny in his teens and early twenties. He has a great life and career but loses everything after an altercation with local gangsters. Fearing for his life he flees the country and moves to Ireland and then on to Australia. He soon becomes homeless but finds a job as a stripper to make cash. 

"I am extremely excited to bring my new play to theatres this year. Role the dice is my third play a playwright. My previous two plays received fantastic four and five star reviews as well as a nomination for best Drama and Best Ensemble at the Manchester Fringe Awards, so no pressure with this one..." 

Danny said "It's strange writing about yourself, it has been very therapeutic and difficult especially when bringing painful memories back to the surface. It was a difficult time in my life but I wouldn't change a thing.  I hope audiences can relate to my story in some way, maybe it can help someone smile if they are going through a difficult time.  That is my hope with this play."

Heading the creative team is Film and theatre director Scott Vickers. “Danny approached me to read his script with a view to direct it. I instantly loved the story and It’s been a fun process developing the script and staging the play. I cast Danny in one of my short films last year and it’s great to work together again.”

Danny has been busy trying to improve his writing over the past two years. He studied Script writing at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he said the course really helped him to find his voice as a writer. Danny went on to say "I gained a lot of confidence studying Shakespeare, Stanislavsky and Archetypes at RADA and now I feel confident to perform a Solo show even if I am slightly nervous".

"My father was a TV and theatre actor and he toured his Solo show "Scandals" over twenty years ago and now I'm hoping to do the same with my play. In my writing I like to put a magnifying glass over important topics in the hopes of making the audience see the real life hopes, dreams and heartbreak of the characters in the story."

"I would consider myself as a method actor. I do find it fascinating to delve into the minds of my characters, only then can I embody their truth.

Roll The Dice opens at The Kings Arms Salford 24TH - 30TH July. Part of the Greater Manchester Fringe with TICKETS HERE

Published: 21-Jun-2022

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