Mephisto Theatre Company present
Blackbird by David Harrower
Fifteen years ago Una and Ray had a relationship. They haven’t set eyes on each other since. Now she’s found him again.
Una was twelve years old when Ray asked her to run away with him. He has done his time, paid his debt to society. But Una wants to know: is Ray a sick predator? Or was she truly special to him?
One of the most controversial plays of the last ten years, Blackbird is a complicated, riveting drama that probes the murky intimacy of Una and Ray’s relationship.
Mephisto have been making theatre in Galway since 2006. Highlights include Grenades by Tara Mckevitt, The Honey Spike by Bryan MacMahon, The Mai by Marina Carr and their most recent production, a critically acclaimed revival of Eclipsed by Patricia Burke Brogan at the Town Hall Theatre in August 2013.
Working with Mephisto on Blackbird are Glasgow-based Mark Westbrook (director) and Ian Watt (actor).
Westbrook is an acclaimed director and teacher. He runs Acting Coach Scotland (ACS) and has trained everyone from beginners to Oscar winners.
Ian Watt, who plays Ray, teaches at ACS has just returned from performing 65 shows in 25 days at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Emma O’Grady, who plays Una, is a co-founder of Mephisto and recently appeared as Brigit in Eclipsed. Her performance was described as ‘exceptional’ by Irish Theatre Magazine.
Scottish writer David Harrower’s play caused controversy when it was first staged at the Edinburgh Festival in 2005. It has continued to challenge audiences around the world, winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and Best New Play at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland.
“Blackbird is theater at its most elemental: one man, one woman, one set and a head-to-head confrontation” – New York Times
“It’s everything theatre should be: confrontational, challenging and compelling.” Belfast Telegraph on Blackbird
“…first class theatre…” Irish Examiner on Eclipsed
4 STARS – Irish Times for Eclipsed
“…powerful… …O’Grady’s fierce, heart-wrenching performance is impossible to fault”. – Scotsman on Grenades
Galway Theatre Festival
4th October 2013 7pm
5th October 2013 1pm & 7pm
An Taibhdhearc, Galway
Available from Town Hall Theatre 091-569777