Friday, May 1, 2015

Newcomer to star in Danny And The Human Zoo

TV newcomer Kascion Franklin has landed the lead role of Danny in Danny And The Human Zoo, Lenny Henry's fictionalised account of his life as a talented teenager in 1970s Dudley.

Kascion (represented by Red Talent Management) from Birmingham, trained at the University of Northampton and Identity School of Acting.

He will star alongside Lenny Henry who will play his dad Samson and Cecilia Noble as his mum Myrtle. Arthur Darvill plays Danny’s Manager Jonesy, Richard Wilson plays promoter James Broughto, Mark Benton plays seasoned entertainer Syd Bolton, and Cherrelle Skeete plays Danny's sister Dee Dee,

BAFTA Rising Star Destiny Ekaragha (Gone Too Far) directs the drama which is being made by RED Production Company for BBC One.

Lenry Henry said: "I can't believe that we're finally shooting my screenplay Danny And The Human Zoo! This is a fantasy memoir of the first two years of my career - my beginnings, working on the Zoo, working men's clubs and all that stuff that happened to me in the mid-Seventies - but crammed into 90 minutes. The script took about three years with the help of Nicola Shindler and Caroline Hollick at RED Productions and now we're going to make it in Dudley - led by a wonderful director Destiny Ekaragha. There's an incredibly talented cast and I feel very lucky to be a part of it all."

Danny’s world is a series of complex minefields which he has to negotiate: his home life - which his ebullient mother rules with an iron fist in an iron glove; his love life - where the Irish girl he's in lust with won't give him the time of day until he wins his first competition; and finally the ups and downs of his emerging career.
When Danny wins a talent competition at the local club, he soon finds himself working the comedy circuit. Audiences can’t get enough and applaud Danny as he effortlessly morphs into Mohammed Ali, Tommy Cooper and Frank Spencer, eventually hitting the big time on TV - an unheard-of achievement for a young black boy. But an unscrupulous manager takes advantage of Danny and forces him to star in a show - Musical Minstrel Cavalcade. Danny hits rock bottom. Having made his name by becoming other people, Danny has to save himself by finding out who he really is.

Danny And The Human Zoo will be filming in and around the Dudley area.

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