First published in The Times, Thursday February 8 2018
David Harrower’s play, about a young woman in a pre-industrial setting whose life and consciousness are transformed by literacy, is a true contemporary classic, renowned globally, having been staged in some 25 countries since its premiere at Edinburgh’s Traverse in 1995. Indeed, the three-hander is arguably better appreciated abroad than at home, with this revival at the newly restored Perth Theatre only the fourth Scottish production in 20 years.
First published in The Times, Tuesday March 1 2016
The old adage has it that you’re never more than six feet away from a rat, but something similar could be said of David Harrower’s Blackbird. The Scottish dramatist’s disturbing two-hander, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2005, is even now in the midst of a run on Broadway and has been adapted for film, to be released later in the year.