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 one is interesting and also very tricky. Sitting in a Glasgow bar on a slow weekday lunchtime, he squints doubtfully at me. As she openly mocks Ray’s narrative of redemption after prison, she 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.

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Nevertheless, Jagten was in a completely different league, with a different take and a more meaningful subject. One of them is the actor in the leading role: No, I didn’t love it – I appreciated it. And he knows how to leave questions unresolved. Blackbird was commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festivalwith a premiere at the festival, directed by Peter Stein. Lists with This Book. It’s very compelling, haunting and daring.

Secondly, I haven’t a clue why it’s called Blackbird – and if anyone can tell me the significance of the title, I’d appreciate it! Sadly, this introduces some ambiguity as the drama unfolds and is not only unnecessary but also, in my opinion, possibly an example of cultural hegemony.

Mar 10, Patrick rated it really liked it Shelves: Still, it’s wonderfully written, twisty and dark and sharp. Or not… This film has some major attributes. 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 older person who took advantage of a minor and his punishment, it could be a mistake.



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

To try and analyze, tell the story could be liberal and open minded, but is it really the right thing to do? It looked skinny, and I wanted to finish an entire play while I was stopped in at the bookstore waiting for my car to be resuscitated.

But then you have to, as a young writer, because no one else is going to. Upon his release, he managed to establish a reasonably successful new life under another name, but Una recognized him in a photograph and tracked him down. Jun 20, Shannon marked it as to-read Shelves: As Una and Ray retrace the events that led to their “three-month stupid mistake,” Harrower questions whether Una is more traumatized by the affair or by its aftermath—her parents’ fury, the intrusive medical exams, the guilt-inducing sessions with a soft-spoken psychiatrist who asked her why she hurt people dqvid loved her, the trial, the media, the gossip.

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Mar 01, Lorma Doone rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ray is confronted with his past when Una arrive Which in many ways it is, perhaps this is the main problem of this motion picture that it tries to complicate what seems so simple. Views Read Edit View history. As the adult in the relationship, though, he should have stopped it. Ray takes Una to the office break room, where the two engage in a long and difficult confrontation involving Una’s continuing struggles to understand and come blackibrd terms with the abuse and her intensely conflicting emotions, which pivot between anger, curiosity, confusion, and even a persistent attachment to Ray, whom Una loved — and she believed that he loved her.


Blackbird is a play written in by Scottish playwright David Harrower. Hargower 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.

To view it, click here. Is Ray a pedophile or did he just fall in love with Uma when she was far too young?

Apr 24, Steve rated it really liked it.

But he is also one of the hardest to pin down. 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.

Or perhaps I should rephrase that. By Aimee Levitt By Deanna Isaacs He spent time in jail once the abuse was discovered and has since changed his name and perhaps his life. Una has endured a lifetime of being “talked about, pointed at, stared at,” while Ray has done his time, changed his name, moved to gy new city, and rebuilt his life.

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The fearful Ray, who is himself trying to forget the past and the potential feelings he had for Una, parries her demanding questions and descriptions of her feelings and experiences, all the while uncertain of her intentions. Oct 28, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: I can’t wait to see this play sometime. Dramatists Play Service Inc- Drama – 84 pages.

He went t An amazing script.