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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Blackbird was commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festivalwith a premiere at the festival, directed by Peter Stein. 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? I will davud unpacking it for quite a while, but I found it very engaging.

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

Blackbird is a tense and powerful “problem play”, confronting the problem of pedophilia head-on with the intensity and power which only theatre can provide. But then you have to, as a young writer, because no one else is going to.

If you’ve ever abused another human, playwright David Harrower has an uncomfortable reminder for you in his taut two-person drama, Blackbirdwhich South Stream Productions is currently performing at Raleigh’s Sonorous Road Theatre. View all 3 comments. Archived from the original on 22 July It was bound in a drink-me pink and I liked the title. Blackbird is a play written in by Scottish playwright David Harrower.

Fifteen years later, they each reveal what they have been through after their relationship?

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Wow this was quite a trip and I am glad to have read and stumbled onto this gothic work. It’s not badly written, but it doesn’t accomplish much either. Nov 20, OngoingRain rated it it dvaid amazing Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want blsckbird read. There is another freighted silence.

These pyrotechnics are provided by Jeff Daniels as Ray and Michelle Williams as Una, former lovers who meet 15 years later when Una tracks Ray down at his dismal office job.


Despite the evocations of the title, in bladkbird Blackbird, no one gets to be free. Seuss’ The Grinch Fantastic Beasts: 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 adva Una, written by David Harrower, based on his play Blackbird What a strange work!

These referred mainly to specific locations which were removed for the US audience. Adaptation discussed further on Episode of Before the Dawn: Harrower’s text and this production will not sit well with those who demand that sexual abusers remain forever demonized.

The phenomenal Animal Kingdom and more recently, the fabulous Killing Them Softly Having stated my admiration for the leading actor, I now must say that his contribution was nearly annulled by the other protagonist: It may not be coincidental that Knives in Hens is, at least partly, about grappling hold of the means of expression. Una, now approaching 30, finds and confronts the man who had sex with her when he was in his 40s and she was When they began and ended their sexual relationship, Una was 12 and Ray was Order by newest oldest recommendations.

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I wonder how the script strikes him in the light of the Savile case, with numerous ongoing public inquiries revealing how deeply and disturbingly sexual abuse has infiltrated British culture. While I admire harrowed unconventional story—a young woman confronting her abuser juxtaposed with understanding what love does or does not mean, and how love, as we experience it, can sometimes be problematic, toxic, and painful—as well as the Beckett-esque rapport, it does fall short for me.

Jun 01, n rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m no moral guardian – hell, I look at some of the stuff I used to read when Yarrower was ish and shudder – but this isn’t the sort of books kids should read, if only because I don’t think it’s safe for kids to read philosophically about whether it’s possible for child molesters to love them! 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.


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Aug 09, Dylan Zucati rated it really liked it. 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. Selected pages Title Page. Blackbird David Harrower No preview available – The first thing you hear in Victory Gardens Theater’s Blackbird is the sound of an acoustic guitar—a gentle prelude to the fireworks to come.

Blavkbird Una was no Nabokovian nymphet, but an average pubescent girl drawn to a mature man who, unlike most other adults, didn’t treat her like a kid. By Atticus Bikos The text looks stilted, but when played well comes off very natural.

He knows how to heighten tension with dramatically well-timed interruptions—a phone that rings at an awkward moment, an unwanted knock on the door—and startling outbursts of violent action. It is very likely that I am wrong and the parts require a certain awkwardness and what I call over the top is actually perfect planning. In many ways, it reminded me of Jagten aka The Hunt, wherein a much smaller child accuses a man of inappropriate behavior, almost ruining the life of an innocent person by just inventing a story.

The author of seven original plays, plus a scattering of adaptations, he is often called the most talented Scottish playwright of his generation. I have two minor quibbles: To see what your friends thought harrowfr this book, please sign up.