Blackbird swoops into Mayo for two shows

Going Out

Declan Conlon and Maeve Fitzgerald in David Harrower’s award-winning drama, ‘Blackbird’.

Decadent Theatre Company continues to forge a theatrical path to venues around Ireland with a national tour of David Harrower’s award-winning drama, ‘Blackbird’. Directed by Andrew Flynn, it travels to 12 venues from April to June 2022, with a stop off in Westport Town Hall Theatre on Wednesday, June 1, and Ballina Arts Centre on Thursday, June 2.
Blackbird is a heart-stopping confrontation between two people forever bound by a shared experience that torments them both. This blistering two-hander boils theatre down to its most essential elements.
After 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 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 illegal relationship they had 15 years ago, when she was 12 and he was 40. Moral judgment is suspended until the end in a play that never shies away from the shattering consequences of the past. Questions far outnumber answers in this dark drama.
Blackbird was an adrenaline jolt to critics and audiences alike 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 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Play and on Broadway starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams. The Decadent Theatre Company’s production stars Declan Conlon and Maeve Fitzgerald.

For tickets to the Westport show, contact 098 28459 or visit www.westporttheatre.com; for the Ballina show, contact 096 73593 or visit www.ballinaartscentre.com.