Throwing Shade Theatre Company presents BLACKBIRD by David Harrower

Fifteen years ago, Una and Ray had a relationship. She was 12, and he was 40. Then he abandoned her, and they haven’t set eyes on each other since. Now she’s found him again…

After three years in prison and subsequent hardships, Ray has a new identity and has made a new life for himself, thinking that he cannot be found.

Una, twenty-seven, has thought of nothing else; upon seeing a photo of Ray in a magazine, she has tracked him down and arrived, unannounced, at his office.

Guilt, rage, and raw emotions run high as they recollect the passionate relationship they had fifteen years ago.

Without moral judgements, the play never shies away from the brutal truth of this abandoned and unconventional love.

Nevertheless, the consequences are shattering.

Throwing Shade Theatre Company (Metamorphosis, No Exit, Disco Pigs) brings a powerful two-hander to a new Sydney stage as part of the Fringe festival from 6 September.

Directed by Andrew Langcake, BLACKBIRD stars Eleanor Ryan (The Women, The Catastrophists) and William Jordan (Metamorphosis, Enchanted April) and will play from 6 to 10 Sept at the new Off-Broadway Hub in Annandale.

Blackbird premiered at King’s Theatre as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, in August 2005, and transferred to the Albery Theatre in London’s West End in 2006. The production received the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play.

In 2007, the play opened simultaneously at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York and at American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco.

“‘Blackbird’ is a fascinating play…The writing is raw and unpretentious; it genuinely feels like you’re privy to this event happening between two real people in real time. The characters bare their souls to each other and the audience. I don’t think it’s an easy play to watch; there are ideas within it that will make some people uncomfortable, but that’s what I love about it – it’s frank, confronting and uncompromising. It’s a challenging experience for artists and audiences alike.” – Director Andrew Langcake. ”

“The most powerful drama of the season…masterly, mesmerizing…extraordinary…a miracle.” – NY Times.

“This haunting, powerful, incendiary work is the sort of daring theatre far too absent from our stages.” – NY Post.

“Magnificently tense and atmospheric.” – Telegraph (London)