David Harrower's BLACKBIRD is a well crafted and intricate work that explores the grey areas existing in human behaviour and relationships. Nothing in this play is presented in black and white terms and therefore challenges our innate response to stand in judgment.
This script has led us to shy away from plots, and any formal structure because the material, like a loaded gun, fires bullets of love, hate, confusion, compassion, betrayal, secrets and shock throughout. We witness a relationship of a past harboured for years, which has made these people who they are, in this factory lunch-room today.
The rehearsal process has been like walking a tightrope where the coded and disturbingly natural language reads like a musical score, guiding the work towards a deep emotional and spontaneous connection. It takes great talent to work with such raw and confrontational storytelling and I have been blessed with Michael and Liesha. I have learnt from them as they have taken on this emotional roller coaster of a challenge and bravely exposed the work for all its frailties and humanaity. It was an exhausting and incredibly satisfying process.
All power to Colin and ATC for programming a work that presents us with this powerful, risky material. The darkness of the soul needs to be illuminated for us to understand and examine the complexities that exist in our world.