Blackbird (2010)

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Poster by Zoe Dunsire

by David Harrower

Directed by Pauline Armour

Performances: Tue 16th – Sat 20th February 2010, Prompt Corner


Blackbird was one of the triumphs of the 2005 Edinburgh Festival and fortunately transferred for a highly acclaimed London run at the Almeida. It is a riveting study of sexual obsession which shocks and disturbs as it explores difficult questions about an often taboo subject. It deals with a meeting between a 28-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man, 15 years after they have had a relationship for which the man has served time. It is not about the woman seeking revenge but rather closure on a relationship that ended in a Tynemouth hotel room. Without condoning the actions of the man, Blackbird explores whether it is possible to separate love from paedophilia and suggests that there may be a strange affinity, tantamount to love, between people of different generations and that adult guilt and childhood innocence should never be automatically assumed.



Thanks to Garry martin for loan of suitably shabby furniture.

Particular thanks to Piper and Sue Jacobsen, without whom this production would not have been possible.

Huge thanks to Dave Hollander and Carole Coyne for being nifty with paintbrushes and power tools.


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