Blackbird starring Maeve Fitzgerald of Decadent Theatre Company pictured above comes to the Belltable April 28.
Blackbird was an adrenaline jolt to theatre-goers’ systems when it premiered at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival.
The critically acclaimed Decadent Theatre Company come back to Belltable Thursday April 28 – Saturday, April 30 with their tense and thought-provoking play Blackbird. Blackbird was an adrenaline jolt to theatre-goers’ systems when it premiered at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival. It has since received productions around the world including in the West End where it won the Olivier Award for Best Play; on Broadway starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams; and a feature film, Una, starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn.
The play depicts the meeting between Una, a woman in her 20s, and Ray, a man in his mid-50s. Years earlier, when Una was 12 they had a sexual relationship for which Ray was subsequently jailed and which still scars and haunts them both.
Una has tracked him down to confront him over the circumstances of their relationship and its reverberating fallout. Their meeting is played out in a dingy, litter-strewn factory room where Ray – who has made a new life for himself – is aghast to see Una and her steely determination to get answers from him.
This taut two-person drama was commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival, where it received its world premiere. After years in prison and subsequent hardships, Ray, fifty-six, 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 arrived unannounced at his office.
Guilt, rage, and raw emotions run high as they recollect the passionate relationship they had fifteen years ago, when she was twelve and he was forty. Without any moral judgments, the play never shies away from the brutal truth of this abandoned and unconventional love. Una is looking for answers, not vengeance. Nevertheless, the consequences are shattering. Questions far outnumber answers in this dark drama.
Blackbird plays at the Belltable from Thursday, April 28 to Saturday, April 30. Tickets €20 / €16.
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