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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It annoyed me because of how much it feels like the archetypal Edgy British Play from around this time – told in jagged, disjointed sentences that are sort of a paradoxically stylised vernacular. Secondly, I haven’t a clue why it’s called Blackbird harower and if anyone can tell me the significance of the title, I’d appreciate it! Both were the same production and main cast: Common terms and phrases postmaster dramatists.

Brilliant and uncomfortable for everyone, Blackbird is a tough challenge for any actor, actress and director. As an audience you are able to feel empathy for the pedophile without having to feel sympathy.

But then you have to, as a young writer, because no one harrowsr is going to. We’d say it’s entirely fitting that the twenty-seven-year-old Una demands a different, more personal form of justice than the one the courts dispensed. Ray and Una are reunited, having previously had some sort of ‘relationship.

Blackbird was commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festivalwith a premiere at the festival, directed by Peter Stein. Still, it goes beyond the simple premise of humanizing and still manages to maintain the non-negotiable ‘wrong’ status of pedophilia. Retrieved 22 November Return to Book Page.

It was bound in a drink-me pink and I liked the title. Eventually, a couple harrowsr walking their dog took Una in and called the police after learning why she was there. Blackbird David Harrower No preview available – To view it, click here.

The characters exist mostly, intentionally, as archetypes for discussion and contemplation, debate that can never have an answer because Harrower has deliberately provided you with only enough to make you wonder, and not enough to make you decide or choose.


Despite the evocations of the title, in this Blackbird, no one gets to be free. Una, blackbid by David Harrower, based on his play Blackbird What a strange work!

Order by newest oldest recommendations. Ray was forty when, three months later, he abducted and had sex with her. Mar 01, Lorma Doone rated it it was amazing Shelves: These pyrotechnics blakcbird 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. Aug 15, Miriam Cihodariu rated it liked it Shelves: Show 25 25 50 All.

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The language was a little hard to follow at first, but then as the plot progressed, the more clear it got. This blackbidd is interesting and also very tricky. She got worried and left to find him, which led to both of them frantically searching for one another and raising suspicions within the small coastal town where they were staying.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. When they began and ended their sexual relationship, Una was 12 and Harrowre was Want to Read saving…. Why I read this: Reading it requires a strong understanding of the rhythm to piece it together.

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

He spent time in jail once the abuse was discovered and has since changed his name and perhaps his life. Hagrower 17, Sarah-Ruth rated it it was amazing. It was inspired in part by the crimes of sex offender Toby Studebakerand depicts a young woman meeting a middle-aged man fifteen years after being sexually abused by him when she was twelve. Adaptation discussed further on Episode of Before the Dawn: There are no weapons on display here — no knives, no guns, no stage blood — but this is the most lacerating play on Broadway this season.


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

The play asks many questions and allows us, blacobird audience, to provide some of the answers albeit through much debate. May 30, daisyampersand rated it liked it.

Retrieved from ” https: What to eat with it: It is lit only by buzzing fluorescents. Although it was partly inspired by the chilling real-life harroeer of an American Marine who groomed an year-old girl online before fleeing with her to Paris, Harrower locates troubling ambivalence in the relationship: Harrower, who grew up in South Queensferry and Edinburgh, still seems bemused that it came off.

Lists with This Book. For her part, Una has chosen, harrowerr the end of a workday, to confront Ray, a middle-aged, low-level manager who is dealing with the hassles of a late order at some nondescript dental manufacturing plant. This story sounds amazing! This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

The former production was traverse and the latter in the round.

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. At least until the fireworks start. The work before that was a two-hander, A Slow Airwhich though it glanced at debates about Scottish independence did so in characteristically Harrowerian fashion, filtering them through a domestic drama about the relationship between a blackbid and sister.

A decade later, he came to broader attention with Blackbirda bpackbird 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 Loading comments… Trouble loading? Jan 26, Janie rated it liked it Shelves: