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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There is another freighted silence. Would he think twice about tackling the subject in the same way now?
I read this in one sitting, but I’m afraid it was more out of a desire to hqrrower it done than any desire to see what would happen. 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.
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At his workplace, year-old Ray is shocked to be visited by a young woman, year-old Una. Harrower’s harrowing play is an exciting read, and must make for riveting theatre seen live. Yet this reveals itself not as actorly uncertainty, but rather as particular and nuanced approaches to character. This is a hard hitting, warts and all, look at an ugly subject-and once you get to the end you’ll still have questions. For a long time writing, was the only thing he could do.
Blackbird by David Harrower
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 advantage of a minor and his punishment, it could be a mistake.
I started reading and couldn’t stop. Two people who once had a passionate affair meet again fifteen years later. Although it could barely be clearer that she has been abused, the drama is somehow, queasily, a love story.
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Brilliant and uncomfortable for everyone, Blackbird is a tough challenge for any actor, actress and director. It robbed me of many relationships and experiences. It courts ethical dangers, in daring to characterize the bond between abuser and abused as a kind of perverse love story, though that is doubtless how some survivors and aggressors will choose to view their experience.
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, hartower the threat of exposure to his colleagues and the woman in his life. Has he found it easy to shift into screenwriting? It may be one of those cases where this is harroser 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!
David Harrower Lives Up to His Name in Blackbird, a Challenging Portrait of Abuse
We saw the original UK version on the stage and read the amended US version. Show 25 25 50 All. The drama pulls to the point that the tension is visible between the text.
Your parents left you to yourself.
David Harrower Lives Up to His Name in Blackbird, a Challenging Portrait of Abuse – INDY Week
Harrower’s text and this production will not sit well with those who demand that sexual abusers remain forever demonized. I had to keep my name. To try and analyze, tell the story could be liberal and open minded, but is it really the right thing to do? Fifteen years later, Una tracks him down, and this gripping one-scene play records their conversation.
It’s very compelling, haunting and daring. Aug 09, Dylan Zucati rated it really liked it. Sometimes, this is a play that seems almost to be using all its edgy, dark, and twisted – but beautiful – writing, to sadly go for much more obvious and less daring targets than may first appear.
Not sure how I feel about this play or the characters within. The twists are so damn manipulative that you can pretty much feeling Harrower jabbing at you with the end of his pencil, saying, “Can you handle this yet? Feb 01, Realini rated it liked it.
Mar 01, Lorma Doone rated it it was amazing Shelves: Reading it brought back a lot of memories and I’m glad I had that visual and aural experience to compare. Published February 16th by Faber Faber first published I blackbitd wanted to write theatre where the line could only be said in one way. 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!
I recommend it for anyone who has the stomach for the topic, it’s written beautifully. Adaptation discussed further on Episode of Before the Dawn: To be honest the traverse version, being the first one we saw, was most harrowing.