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. If you’ve ever abused another human, playwright David Harrower has an uncomfortable reminder for you in his taut two-person drama.

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Ray is confronted with his past when Una arrive.

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To view it, click here. Fifteen years later, they each reveal what they have been through after their relationship? I love the intensity of this play. In so doing, these four stage artists carefully confront us with the playwright’s controversial take on a longtime social taboo. Aged 27, he was living at home with his mother in a bungalow in the Priestfield area of Edinburgh, washing dishes and harrowee a van.

Harrower doesn’t take a stance on anything. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This one is interesting and also very tricky. Yet it doesn’t really feel ambiguous because it’s so short and kind of deliberately underdeveloped – so intent on making youthe reader, think that it doesn’t really seem to think anything of its own.

Ray and Una are reunited, having previously had some sort of ‘relationship. Of course, it is much more complicated than that, for the film takes place more in the moment when the protagonists are adults and they look at this past, but I see the premise as paramount. To try and analyze, tell the story could be liberal and open minded, but is it harrowre the right thing to do? Una was twelve when she developed a dangerous crush on Ray: I was so horrified but so compelled by what was happening that I had the whole thing read in an hour.


Blackbird, which was last seen in with Daniels as Ray and Alison Pill as Una, is a distressing two-hander about the dangerous influence and magnetism of traumatic events. But nothing about the script quite fits bby mould.

She’s 27, he’s 56, and they’ve had a brief affair—about 15 years earlier, when he was 40 and she was Although it could barely be clearer that she has been abused, the drama is somehow, queasily, a love story. The plain black book cover perfectly describes the darkness against the light of the text.

Sitting in a Glasgow bar on a slow weekday lunchtime, he squints doubtfully at me.

Archived from the original on 17 November This play is creepy and scary and all too real. I will be unpacking it for quite a while, but I found it very engaging. Theatre Michelle Williams reviews. Exploring the blurry line between passion and perversion, love and abuse, Blackbird suggests that intimate relationships between adults and minors are taboo not because they’re abnormal but because they’re all too natural.

Retrieved 22 November Under Brook North’s discerning direction, with Dana Marks’s assistance as an acting coach, Katie Barrett and John Honeycutt negotiate the tripwires of Una and Ray’s potentially explosive meeting. Show 25 25 50 All.

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

We saw the original UK version on the stage and harroweg the amended US version. Blackgird comments… Trouble loading? It robbed me of many relationships and experiences. It’s not natural dialogue, which could turn so readers aways especially since this piece isn’t meant to be read, it’s meant to be seen in a production. Mar 01, Lorma Doone rated it it was amazing Shelves: It feels like this might be a year journey or something like that.

Brilliant and uncomfortable for everyone, Blackbird is a tough challenge for any actor, actress and director. It may be one of those cases where this is actually an invitation to think and the artwork depends on the viewer… It has been said that the onlooker is often, maybe always more important than the object of art itself So if I dismiss this and say, well this is about a much b person who took adva Una, written by David Harrower, based on his play Blackbird What a strange work!


It has since been staged everywhere from Broadway to Bangalore and Seoul. Petersen as Ray and Mattie Hawkinson as Una, it’s the dafid of a very skillful writer.

Blackbird review – Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels stun in abuse drama

Despite the evocations of the title, in this Blackbird, no one gets to be free. Very believable characters, and the conversation they have rings true. It annoyed me because of how much it feels harrowfr the archetypal Edgy British Play from around this time – told in jagged, disjointed sentences that are sort of a paradoxically stylised vernacular. Una, who’s found him after stumbling across his photo in a trade magazine in her doctor’s office, has him cornered in the littered lunchroom of his workplace.

This story harrowdr amazing! Eventually, a couple out walking their dog took Una in and called the police after learning why she was there. Refresh and try again. PetersenMattie HawkinsonDennis Zacek. And he knows how to leave questions unresolved. This is a hard hitting, warts and all, look at an ugly subject-and once you get to the end you’ll still have questions. Back to Search Results. The author of seven original plays, plus a scattering of adaptations, he is often called the most talented Scottish playwright of his generation.

Ray was then arrested and imprisoned. davkd