BLACKBIRD


  • Off Broadway Festival Hub 74 Pyrmont Bridge Road Annandale, NSW, 2038 Australia

At his workplace, 55-year-old Ray is shocked to be visited by a young woman, 27-year-old Una. Fifteen years earlier, he had sexually abused her. This relationship, which included intercourse, began and ended when Una was 12 and Ray was 40. Ultimately, they ran off together, and Ray abruptly ditched Una at a motel in a location that was not familiar to the the twelve-year-old. Ray was then arrested and imprisoned. Upon his release, he managed to establish a reasonably successful new life under another name, but Una recognised him in a photograph and tracked him down.

Ray takes Una to the office break room, where the two engage in a long and difficult confrontation involving Una's continuing struggles to understand and come to terms with the abuse and her intensely conflicting emotions, which pivot between anger, curiosity, confusion, and even a persistent attachment to Ray, whom Una loved - and she believed that he loved her. The fearful Ray parries her demanding questions and descriptions of her feelings and experiences, all the while uncertain of her intentions.