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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I started reading and couldn’t stop.

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. Loading comments… Trouble loading?

Eventually, a couple out walking their dog took Una in and called the police after learning why she was there. We saw the original UK version on the stage and read the amended US version. This page was last edited on 14 Julyat Ray was then arrested and imprisoned.

‘I wrote it in a frenzy’: David Harrower on the play that saved him | Stage | The Guardian

Two people who once had a passionate affair meet again fifteen years later. 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. The writing style executed on paper reminds me almost of a bird chirping. Despite the evocations of the title, in this Blackbird, no one gets to be free.

Jul 11, Stephanie rated it liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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. But as a document of two deeply damaged people, both of whom are trying to pick up and mend the pieces of their own lives, Blackbird presents a garland of thorny questions with no easy answers.

We have a much older man involved with a teenage girl and even if the latter thinks she loves him, it is a no go. Harrower’s text and this production will not sit well with those who demand that sexual abusers remain forever demonized.

Although it could barely be clearer that she has been abused, the drama is somehow, queasily, a love story.


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

May 30, daisyampersand rated it liked it. Fifteen years later, Una tracks him down, and this gripping one-scene play records their conversation. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Or not… This film has some major attributes. Oct 01, Briggitte Suastegui rated it really liked it.

Nevertheless, Jagten was in a completely different league, with a different take and a more meaningful subject. It is lit only by buzzing fluorescents.

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Aged 27, he was living at home with his mother in a bungalow in the Priestfield area of Edinburgh, washing dishes and driving a van. A movie version, called Una, is supposed to come out soon. I have two minor quibbles: Writing a well-crafted scene is currently as important to me as writing hwrrower well-crafted play. It is also true that Cate Blanchet does not have the same appeal for this viewer as she blackbidr to possess.

Blackbird by David Harrower

Published February 16th by Faber Faber first published It’s a great great play for hxrrower productions thanks to its stripped-down nature – one simple set, two meaty roles one male, one female blackhird, pretty short run-time, edgy but provocative material. Aug 17, Sarah-Ruth rated it it was amazing. The drama pulls to the point that the tension is visible between the text. 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 was directed by Joe Mantello.

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, backbird this is about a much older person who harrowet advantage of a minor and his punishment, it could be a mistake.

What I mean is that there is something so close to convention in its treatment of its dark subject, lean, mean writing, and shocking harrrower poised to cause shock and discomfort that it seems better suited to those who aren’t quite as used to the particular style born out by “issue theatre” not inherently a bad thing, and, certainly, Harrower comes up with an addictive blacbkird almost irresistible play to chew on. When they began and ended their sexual relationship, Una was 12 and Ray was He seems hard on himself.


It robbed me of many relationships and experiences. I’m no moral guardian – hell, I look at some of the stuff I used to blakcbird 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 for kids to read philosophically about whether it’s possible for child molesters to love them!

Few reunions of this sort are happy, but this one harfower especially fraught. Fascinating elements are only alluded to in part, such as Una’s loneliness as a child, Una’s relationships with her parents after the ‘truth’ about her and Ray’s relationship emerges, and the general repercussions on Ray’s later relationships.

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 engage with a child kidnapper, if only to get to save the children involved.

As the adult in the relationship, though, he should have blackbirf it. The subject matter is deeply disturbing, yet this is a very important and poignant piece that tests the waters of relationships with what we conceive as predators.

The reception that greeted the play was as nothing to the reaction to Blackbirdwhich debuted at the Edinburgh international festival balckbird August and blafkbird many critics wondering what it was they were watching. Has he found it easy to shift into screenwriting? Una is on general release in the UK from Friday.

When Ray complains that he has already served his sentence, Una responds: Want to Read saving…. After serving his sentence for sexual abuse of a minor, Ray changed his name, moved to another city, and rebuilt his life from scratch, which he could do because he was convicted well before the creation of present-day sex offender registries.