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Blackbird

Blackbird

Play


Writer:
  • sex
  • critics' award for theatre in scotland
  • olivier award
  • statuatory rape
  • sexual abuse


Overview


Synopsis

Una, a 27-year-old woman, comes to visit Ray, a 55-year-old man, at his office. They are clearly not comfortable in other's company, and we soon find out why: 15 years before, when Una was only twelve, Ray seduced Una over the course of three months and finally took her away to a hotel for the weekend. Ray spent several years in prison for statutory rape, and Una was ostracized from her community after the incident. Now, she has found him by accident, and the play delves into their complex feelings for each other. Though clearly, and definitionally, sexual abuse has occurred, the play that ensues is also part of a love story -- a horrible love story, but a love story all the same. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Play, Blackbird is a deeply complex portrayal of two people whose ruined lives are inextricably intertwined.


Characters

Female

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
1 Act
First Produced:
2005
Genres
Drama
Time & Place
office break room
Cast Size
small
Ideal For
one-act
Casting Notes:

Includes young adult, adult, mature adult characters
Tags:
  • sex
  • critics' award for theatre in scotland
  • olivier award
  • statuatory rape
  • sexual abuse

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