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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Archived from the original on 17 November Now, years later, she’s found him again. 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. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. It was bound in a drink-me pink and I liked the title. 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.

It looked skinny, and I wanted to harfower an entire play while I was stopped in at the bookstore waiting for my car to be resuscitated. The woman is Una. I started reading and couldn’t stop.

Blackbird is a play written in by Scottish playwright David Harrower. Fifteen years earlier, they had a sexual relationship for three months when Una was 12 and Ray was 40; subsequently, Ray had been jailed for three years for statutory rape. Write a customer review.

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Nevertheless, Jagten was in a completely different league, with a different take and a more meaningful subject. William Petersen is one of my favorite actors, and he played Ray in a Chicago production of “Blackbird”.

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 harroaer, 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!

The drama pulls to the point that the tension is visible between the text.

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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. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. She wasn’t happy about it but Ray -excuse me, Peter– is a new man now. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. But nothing about the script quite fits the mould. Ben Mendelsohn aka Ray His work is outstanding, at least in two major productions that gave the public an idea of what this artist can do: Harrower’s harrowing play is an exciting read, and must make for riveting theatre seen live.

Books by David Harrower. Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. David Harrower’s modern masterpiece has the linguistic daring of Caryl Churchill and the intimacy of David Hare’s Skylight, with a whole lot of horror mixed in. 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.


No trivia or quizzes yet. There’s no vocal, but the song—Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird,” from the Beatles’ White Album— is instantly recognizable, and its words float in your head: Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Return to Book Page. Most of the play is a choppy dialogue The Best Books of Apr 22, Megan Huggins rated it really liked it Shelves: I wish I could find a way to get my hands on this play.

An uneasy reunion between a woman and a middle-aged man fifteen years after he sexually abused her when she was twelve. Before you met me. Harrower, who grew up in South Queensferry and Edinburgh, still seems bemused that it came off.

For a long time writing, was the only thing he could do. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I went to see the play live in Chicago at the Victory Gardens theater. Yet this reveals itself not as actorly uncertainty, but rather as particular and nuanced approaches to character. Nov 20, OngoingRain rated it it was amazing Shelves: The purpose seems to be nuancing and then a little more nuancing on top of it, to instill more humanity and complexity to taboo characters which usually no one wants to touch.

Now, years later, she’s found him again One person found this helpful. Share your thoughts with other customers. The play asks many questions and allows us, the audience, to provide some of the answers albeit through much debate. They haven’t set eyes on each other since.

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