Pilot Theatre & York Theatre Royal Present David Harrower's Award Winning Play 'BLACKBIRD'

This October York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre present Blackbird, David Harrower’s awarding winning play, in York’s intimate and atmospheric Studio theatre.

Directed by Katie Posner (Parlour Song, Romeo & Juliet, The Fever Chart), Blackbird is an unflinching portrait of two people trying to make sense of their difficult past. It was the winner of the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play.

He was 40. She was 12. It wasn’t right, but despite what they said he was never ‘one of those’. Ray has done his time. Now, 15 years later he just wants to get on with his life. But today she has come and found him again.

Performed by George Costigan (Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Rita, Sue and Bob Too) as Ray and Charlie Covell (Inbetweeners, Whitechapel) as Una, the play is uncomfortable, tragic and filled with tension, as these two lost souls find themselves thrown together again after 15 years. Join them in the staff room of Ray’s workplace as the audience are invited to form their own opinions on a subject that Harrower deals with in a balanced and non-judgemental way.

“Neither condoning nor condemning, Harrower has produced a fine, thought-provoking piece on a taboo subject.” The Independent (original production)

This play demands everything from its cast, with strong writing and a subject matter that will have an impact on everyone who sees it. Performed in York Theatre Royal’s Studio Theatre this drama is an unmissable part of the theatre’s Ensemble Season. To book your tickets call Box Office on 01904 623568 or online at There will also be an after show discussion with the cast and director on Wed 9 Nov which is a great chance for audiences to debate the issues raised in this thought provoking play.

Listings Information:

Cast: George Costigan as Ray, Charlie Covell as Una

Produced by Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal

Directed by Katie Posner

Written by David Harrower

Designed by Lydia Denno

Dates: Thu 20 Oct – Sat 12 Nov

Times: 7.45pm with 2p, (sat), 2.30pm (Thu) matinees

Location: Studio

Tickets: £12, £7 students, u25s, £10 concs.

After show discussion: Wed 9 Nov