Daniel O’Reilly is better known as the controversial Dapper Laughs. A rollercoaster career led to his own TV series, a feature film, sellout gigs, plus, Daniel was also a guest in the Celebrity Big Brother house and is now set to make his West End debut alongside fellow former housemate Paul Danan.
‘I am good mates with Paul and he is a top bloke and great actor so I am pleased to be able to get the chance to work with him,’ explained Daniel. The two will be joined by David Schaal (Inbetweeners/The Office) and playwright Michael Head who is teaming up with Danan after their success with Worth A Flutter, which received rave reviews from critics.
Now they are all set to hit the West End for one week only in gritty crime thriller ‘Time’.
‘It is a very powerful and moving script but also has some great comic moments and lines, which is what got me interested,’ adds O’Reilly.
Written by Michael Head, whose recent success with ‘Worth A Flutter’ and ‘The Greater Game’ has led to him being hailed by critics as ‘a leading light in working class theatre’ and ‘a writer who can mix empathy with comedy, making the audience laugh one moment and cry the next’.
Time tells the story of four armed robbers who meet after a job goes tragically wrong. Although some might feel the story sounds a little far fetched, Time is a play with its roots firmly placed in the real world. Head, who spent his formative years in Bermondsey, says, ’I grew up around armed robbers so was always hearing stories about them doing ‘a bit of work’ or ‘going on the trot’… Londoners love telling stories and I was always fascinated and entertained by the tales I would be told.’
So, Head decided to write a play based on these people and their exploits. ‘Time doesn’t glorify villainy,’ he explains, ‘ but it does try and show these people in a real light; they are not the monsters often shown in gangster films, they were just family men who through choice or circumstance found themselves working outside of the law… I’m not trying to make a moral stand or political view, as that is not what I believe theatre should be about,’ he continues.’ Theatre should be about enjoyment, being entertained by a story and the characters in it…Hopefully it will touch the audience and make them laugh’ .
Michael is delighted to be working with Danan again: ‘Paul and I have been very close mates for a long time and is it always great to have a chance to work alongside talented people who you get on with. Plus, to be joined by Daniel and David is a real honour, and the fact the play is based on my family and stories that are real and close to my heart make it even more special
Time is on at the Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, 1a Tower Street, London, WC2H 9NP from 10th -15th February 2020. Time: 8.30pm.