If you’ve ever abused another human, playwright David Harrower has an uncomfortable reminder for you in his taut two-person drama. Blackbird has ratings and 50 reviews. Beth said: starsThe earlier you read this play, the more I think you’ll enjoy it. Or perhaps I should rep. Blackbird. Front Cover. David Harrower. Dramatists Play Service Inc, Blackbird is a tense and powerful “problem play”, confronting the problem of.

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Since Unahe adds, he has been thinking more and more about film and TV; there are various projects on the go, but the main one currently is finalising a movie script based on the Lockerbie disaster for the Scottish director Kevin Macdonald.

Or not… This film has some major attributes. Ray is confronted with his past when Una arrive. Show 25 25 50 All. When they began and ended their sexual relationship, Una was 12 and Ray was Let me be clear: Rooney Mara This artiste has a way of making me want to change the channel, even when she is in the company of big names.

Harrower, who grew up in South Queensferry and Edinburgh, still seems bemused that it came off. Such a weird, awesome, passionate, play. There is another freighted silence. Una has endured a lifetime of being “talked about, pointed at, stared at,” while Ray has done his time, changed his name, moved to a new city, and rebuilt his life. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

Fifteen years later, Una tracks him down, and this gripping one-scene play records their conversation.

You were a lonely child. Una emphatically asserts that, because she never moved away from the town where she met Ray, she’s also served fifteen years for his crime. For other uses, see Blackbird disambiguation. The play asks many questions and allows us, the audience, to provide some of the answers This is a very disturbing play. The story deals with very current issues, and definitely gives one much food for thought.

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You think you know what’s going on, and then BOOM! Una was twelve when she developed a dangerous crush on Ray: A voice is heard off stage at one point and for two pages a young girl is on stage with the two of them.

Nov 04, Lauren rated it really liked it.

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Knives in Hens was quickly hailed as daviv masterpiece and has become one of the best-known Scottish theatrical works harroqer recent times, and performed in more than 20 countries. When Ray complains that he has already served his sentence, Una responds: You have to keep the thing alive. Dramatists Play Service Inc- Drama – 84 pages. He seems hard on himself. He has a woman. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Fifteen years ago they were lovers.

David Harrower Lives Up to His Name in Blackbird, a Challenging Portrait of Abuse – INDY Week

Is Ray a monster? As she openly mocks Ray’s narrative of redemption after prison, davir cat-and-mouses him, physically at times, across North’s drab break-room of a set, dangling the threat of exposure to his colleagues and the woman in his life. The former production was traverse and the latter in the round. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Blackbird dissects pedophilia but also transcends that subject, finding universality in extreme circumstances.

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Una, now approaching 30, finds and confronts the man who had sex with her when he was in his 40s and she was Watching this duo warily face off, then relax to the point where they can share water from the same plastic bottle, is like watching two hostile animals as approach the same water hole.


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I read this in one sitting, but I’m afraid it was more out of a desire to see it done than any desire to see what would happen. It was inspired in part by the crimes of sex offender Toby Studebakerand depicts a young woman meeting a middle-aged man fifteen years after being sexually abused by him when she was twelve.

Aug 15, Miriam Cihodariu rated blackibrd liked it Shelves: The characters exist mostly, intentionally, as archetypes for discussion and contemplation, debate that can never have an answer because Harrower has deliberately provided you with only enough to make you wonder, and not enough to make you decide or choose.

By Atticus Bikos Blackbird is a tense and powerful “problem play”, confronting the problem of pedophilia head-on with the intensity and power which only theatre harroqer provide.

Secondly, I haven’t a clue why it’s called Blackbird – and if anyone can tell me the significance of the ti Harrower’s harrowing play is an exciting read, and must make for riveting theatre seen live. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

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