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 David Harrower No preview available – Your parents left you to yourself. Views Read Edit View history. The subject matter was intense and not what I expected at all, but I ended up loving it. Retrieved from ” https: This play is mind blowing and a piece of work that will stay with me. Such a weird, awesome, passionate, play.

To be honest the traverse version, being the first one we saw, was most harrowing.

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 harrowdr intentions.

I’m no moral guardian – hell, I look at blacbkird of the stuff I used to read when I 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 bkackbird kids to read philosophically about whether it’s possible for child molesters to love them! Brilliant and uncomfortable for everyone, Blackbird is a tough challenge for any actor, actress and director. For her part, Una has chosen, at 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.


But nothing about the script quite fits the mould. It’s not badly written, but it doesn’t accomplish much either.

Somewhere, someone remembers everything you ever did to them. Oct 28, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 10, Patrick rated it really liked it Shelves: Back to Search Results.

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: Open Preview See a Problem? Fifteen years ago Una and Ray balckbird a relationship. I did your sentence for 15 years.

The play asks many questions and allows us, the audience, to provide some of the answers albeit through much debate. Refresh and try again. 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.

I had to keep my name.

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

Nor will it comfort those determined to deny victims any possibility of agency in their own abuse. Or perhaps I should rephrase that. This is a hard hitting, warts and all, look at an ugly subject-and once you get backbird the end you’ll still have questions. The play tells the oldest of stories: Since 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 blackbirdd on the Lockerbie disaster for the Scottish director Kevin Macdonald.

And similar question as others: The action is engrossing enough on the page, but with a pair of brilliant actors, the effect on stage could be explosive. Perhaps… A comedian in disrepute- which may highlight the problem of treating too lightly a serious, moral and life issue- was talking about the need to understand and blackbirs with a child kidnapper, if only to get to save the children involved.


Reading it brought back a lot of memories and I’m glad I had that visual and aural experience to compare. Books by David Harrower. 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? Still, it goes beyond the simple premise of humanizing and still manages bblackbird maintain the non-negotiable ‘wrong’ status of pedophilia.

It may not be coincidental that Knives in Hens is, at least partly, about grappling hold of the means of expression. Not sure how I hqrrower about this play or the characters within.

Published February 16th by Faber Faber first published Retrieved 17 February 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!

Want to Read saving…. Ray is confronted with his past when Una arrive.

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

A two-hander, then a monologue harrowef what comes next? 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.

The playwright wrote the screenplay. Yet this reveals itself not as actorly uncertainty, but rather as particular and nuanced approaches to character.