by David Harrower
Directed by Roger Beaumont and Vic Craven
Blackbird premiered at the Kings Theatre, Edinburgh in 2005 and won the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for best new play.
She's 27, he's 56, and they've had a brief affair - about 15 years earlier, when he was 41 and she was 12. They haven't seen each other since Ray was sent to prison. Una has endured a lifetime of being "talked about, pointed at, stared at", while Ray has done his time, changed his name, moved to a new town, and rebuilt his life. Now called Peter, he's the manager of a medical-supplies manufacturing firm. Una, who's found him after recognising him in a photograph in a magazine in her doctor's office, confronts him in the littered lunchroom of his workplace. Why? To accuse him? Humiliate him? Attack him? Hurt him? Kill him? Or to rekindle their relationship?