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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This page was last edited on 14 Julyblacknird A two-hander, then a monologue … what comes next? One of them is the actor in the leading role: Refresh and try again. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

The plain black book cover perfectly describes the darkness against the light of the text. He seems hard on himself. But as a document of two deeply damaged people, both of whom are trying to pick up harriwer mend the pieces of their own lives, Blackbird presents a garland of thorny questions with no easy answers.

No, I didn’t love it – I appreciated it. Jun 20, Shannon marked it as to-read Shelves: Published February 16th by Faber Faber first published They have the rest of their lives to act, at a time and place of their choosing, on that information. Nov 17, Amy Robertson rated it liked it. Ray was forty when, three months later, he abducted and had sex with her. The twists are so damn manipulative that you can pretty much feeling Harrower jabbing at you with the end of his pencil, saying, “Can you handle this yet?

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

Apr 22, Megan Huggins rated it really liked it Shelves: There are discussions to be had throughout the play about that empathy vs sympathy theme. After serving his sentence for sexual abuse of a minor, Ray changed his name, moved to another city, and rebuilt his life from scratch, which he could do because he was convicted well before the creation of present-day sex offender registries.

In so doing, these four stage artists carefully confront us with the playwright’s controversial take on a longtime social taboo. Fifteen years ago Una and Ray had a relationship. Sitting in a Glasgow bar on a slow weekday lunchtime, he squints doubtfully at me.

‘I wrote it in a frenzy’: David Harrower on the play that saved him | Stage | The Guardian

An uneasy reunion between a woman and a middle-aged man fifteen years after he sexually abused her when she was twelve. May 01, Frank Hering rated it it was amazing. When you met me. Daniels begins the play in such a paroxysm of fear and anger that one worries he will quickly exhaust himself. What I mean is that there is something so close to convention in its treatment of its dark subject, lean, mean writing, and shocking moments poised to cause shock and discomfort that it seems better suited to those who aren’t quite as used to the particular style born out by “issue theatre” not inherently a bad thing, and, certainly, Harrower comes up with an addictive and almost irresistible play to chew on.

Blackbird was commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festivalwith a premiere at the festival, directed by Peter Stein. The author of seven original plays, plus a scattering of adaptations, he is often called the most talented Scottish playwright of his generation.


Wow this was quite a trip and I am glad to have read and stumbled onto this gothic work. I recommend it for anyone who has the stomach for the topic, it’s written beautifully. I do not think I understand what was going on in this film and what exactly the ensemble wanted to convey.

It courts ethical dangers, in daring to characterize the bond between abuser and abused as a kind of perverse love story, though that is doubtless how some survivors and aggressors will choose to view their experience. Una is on general release in the UK from Friday.

A Play David Harrower No preview available – Is Ray, who has been sent to prison and is he claims attempting to rebuild his life, a mendacious aggressor, or as much of a victim as she is? The former production was traverse and the latter in the round. David Harrower’s Blackbird is not to be confused with the Adam Rapp play of the same name.

Not sure how I feel about this play or the characters within. Reading it requires a strong understanding of the rhythm to piece it together. A decade later, he came to broader attention with Blackbirda jagged depiction of an encounter between a man in his mids and a woman in her late 20s in which it becomes apparent that they had a relationship when she was

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