Firebrand stage set to ignite in Hawick

Firebrand Theatre Company, Blackbird by David Harrower. Romana Abercromby (Una) & Greg Wagland (Ray) in rehearsal.
Firebrand Theatre Company, Blackbird by David Harrower. Romana Abercromby (Una) & Greg Wagland (Ray) in rehearsal.

Firebrand’s controversial spring show, Blackbird, by David Harrower, is in rehearsals at the Heart of Hawick.

Fifteen years ago Ray and Una had a relationship. They haven’t set eyes on each other since. Now, years later, she’s found him again.

Firebrand’s publicist Liz Smith writes: “Inspired by the true story of an illicit love affair and startlingly contemporary, this new production promises a sizzling and thought-provoking encounter.”

Romana Abercromby, recently seen in the Borders in Dogstar’s The Baroness, plays Una, while newcomer to Hawick, Greg Wagland, plays Ray.

Director Richard Baron explains his innovative approach to this modern classic, in a bold new site-specific staging: “Firebrand have to be inventive with limited resources, and we realised that, as Blackbird is set in a claustrophobic, litter-strewn staff room, it could work brilliantly in a number of readymade environments.

“Each in its own way reinforces and illuminates different aspects of this taboo-breaking play and particularly the theme of the audience as both jury and voyeur.”

The show previews in Hawick on Thursday, February 20, with the main performance on Friday, February 21.

It then moves to The Space at Heriot-Watt University and Borders College campus in Galashiels, before moving up to Edinburgh.