"A blazingly passionate and terrifyingly true tale of addiction"
By Charles Spencer/ The Telegraph
As Billy, the bear-like Brendan Coyle powerfully and poignantly captures a man who discovers the possibility of happiness and decency, only to find them buckling under the strain of the past...
"The Dead Eye Boy"
By Michael Billington/The Guardian
"I'm a rough, tough guy" says a character in Angus MacLachlan's award-winning American play...
Shirley-Diane met Billy and fell in love with him at their North Carolina Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Together the two of them are striving for a clean life, attempting to overcome rough youths, bouts with hard drugs and, for Billy, jail time and the marine corps.
Soren, Shirley-Diane's teenage son, is the self-described Dead Eye Boy, having a left eye closed from birth. Soren is a reflection of Billy's own painful childhood, and Billy, seeing a chance at redemption, reaches out to Soren.