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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His second play, a sprawling, polemical drama about Scottish land ownership, influenced by Caryl Churchilltook him two years of work, only to be rejected too. But nothing about the script quite fits the mould. 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 harrrower yet?

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When Ray complains that he has already served his sentence, Una responds: Ray insists he’s not one of “those sick bastards” who gets off on underage girls; his desire for Una arose from an inappropriate but sincere affection. The ambiguity in the morals and the plot have kept this work very present in my mind. In other words, Una may serve as a case study of what happens when a minor thinks she or he loves and older man.

Fifteen years ago Una and Ray had a relationship. Exploring blzckbird 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.


Would love to see it performed. Harrower doesn’t take a stance on anything.

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Order by newest oldest recommendations. Disturbing, dramatic, intelligent, and manipulative. Knives in Hens — taken from a half-scene in that larger, rejected play — felt like a last throw of the dice.

Most of the play is a choppy dialogue Refresh and try again. Please try again later. 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.

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He has worked hard since then to put his life back in order. I love the intensity of this play.

Manic Mondays Frances Cocktail Lounge. She’s been frozen in that place for fifteen years -by her parents, who blame her for it, by her neighbors who point at her, by her own crippling and complex feelings about the past and about Ray. Nor will it comfort those determined to deny victims any possibility of agency in their own abuse.

The reception that greeted the play was as nothing to the reaction to Blackbirdwhich debuted at the Edinburgh international festival in August and left many critics wondering what it was they were watching. Read more Read less. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. They haven’t set eyes on each other since. The former production was traverse and the latter in the round. When you met me.

This play is creepy and scary and all too real. There are fascinating subjects floating around it, but ultimately the play itself is focused on being “thought-provoking” that it doesn’t actually feel like it tells a story.


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I’m very excited for the film adaptation, especially the casting of Ben Mendelsohn and Rooney Mara. It’s full of people arguing, interrupting each other, and finishing each other’s sentences. Dark and twisted Surprise twist ending at the end. 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.

Jan 26, Janie rated it liked it Shelves: Una is on general release in the UK from Friday. One person found this helpful. There is another freighted silence.

Nov 20, OngoingRain rated it it was amazing Shelves: Blackbird is a play written in by Scottish playwright David Harrower. Wow this was quite a trip harrowef I am glad to have read and stumbled onto this gothic work.

I went to see the play live in Chicago at the Victory Gardens blaxkbird. He got rave reviews and an award for his performance, so I just had to find out what it was all about.