Set in 1934, it is about a young man with a withered hand and foot who lives off the west coast of Ireland, and is known by the locals as ‘Cripple Billy’.
‘It’s got pathos, heartbreak — and it’s very funny,’ said Daniel.
On the neighbouring Isle of Arran, an American film-maker is shooting a documentary and Billy feels this is his chance to escape.
‘A young boy desperate to be in film . . . I can relate to that,’ Daniel laughed.
‘I’ve been desperate to find something to come back to London with,’ he said, adding that he and Michael Grandage engaged in a series of discussions while they were working in New York