David Harrower
Ben Barnes
Ronan Leahy and Maria Guiver
Four Rivers in association with Theatre Royal Waterford

Blackbird By David Harrower + Directed by Ben Barnes

Nov 5th - Nov 6th 2021 |
8:00 pm
€22 |

Four Rivers presents Blackbird, a play that is sure to provoke controversy and have everyone talking. 

A play of the moment, Blackbird is the story of Una and Ray, whose relationship fifteen years ago had a profound and devastating effect on both of their lives. They hadn’t set eyes on each other since.

Now, in a tense confrontation, the past returns to torment them as they unravel their deeply conflicted feelings for each other. Revelations and recriminations fly as this lacerating and controversial story of betrayal, abandonment and lust unfolds.



This is sure to be a thought-provoking and challenging night at the theatre that will leave audiences questioning their preconceptions and with the realization that little in life is ever black-and-white.

Directed by Ben Barnes, Blackbird stars Ronan Leahy and Maria Guiver.  Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Play, Blackbird is a complex portrayal of two people whose damaged lives are inextricably intertwined.

This production is presented by Four Rivers in association with Theatre Royal Waterford.

Four Rivers is an ambitious new company producing world-class theatre for audiences in the South East, and currently nationally touring with their scintillating production of Martin McDonagh’s “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”.

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Play, Blackbird is a complex portrayal of two people whose damaged lives are inextricably intertwined.

Starring Ronan Leahy & Maria Guiver




When: Friday 5th & Sat 6th November

Where: Garter Lane Theatre

Time: 8pm

Fee: €22/22


Produced by Four Rivers in association with Theatre Royal Waterford.

Funded by the Arts Council, Waterford City & County Council, Kilkenny County Council, Wexford County Council and Creative Ireland.

Premiered Theatre Royal Waterford, June 2018


MARIA GUIVER playing the part of UNA:

Maria is an English Actress holding both British and American Citizenship. She was last seen on stage as Abigail in The Crucible for the Resident Ensemble Players in Delaware, USA.

Her performance as Delilah in Miss Scarlet and The Duke, a new series starring Kate Phillips, is now available on Alibi and will premiere in the US on PBS Masterpiece in January 2021. She can next be seen in Vikings Season 6 for The History Channel.

She is currently based in London but continues to enjoy a varied career throughout England, Ireland and the US.

Industry awards:

Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards 2018

Outstanding Theatrical Performance: Blackbird (Theatre Royal Waterford) – Winner

Best Professional Play: Blackbird (Theatre Royal Waterford) – Winner

Best Female Performance: Blackbird (Theatre Royal Waterford) – Nominated



RONAN LEAHY playing the part of Ray:

Ronan is a freelance actor/director from Meath. As a performer, he has toured extensively both nationally and internationally, gaining a vast and varied experience of performance styles and disciplines. In 2019 he graduated with a distinction from the M.F.A. degree course in Theatre Directing at The Lir Academy in Dublin.

THEATRE: Work at the Abbey includes Oedipus, King Lear, Drum Belly, Curse of the Starving Class, Macbeth, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Romeo and Juliet, Henry IV, Da, Living Quarters, Observatory, Observe the Sons of Ulster, At Swim-Two-Birds, The Passion of Jerome, By the Bog of Cats, The Well of the Saints, Philadelphia Here I Come, The Doctor’s Dilemma and The Corsican Brothers.

Other Theatre:  Least Like the Other (INO). Signatories, Borstal Boy (Verdant). Wuthering Heights, An Enemy of the People, Festen, All My Sons (Gate Theatre). Hecuba, The Effect, The Critic, Travesties, Life is a Dream, Solemn Mass for a Full Moon in Summer (Rough Magic). The Colleen Bawn, Gentrification (Druid). The Winter’s Tale, The Hairy Ape (Corcadorca). Medea, Titus Andronicus and La Musica (Siren). Moment (Tall Tales). Gagarin Way (Island). Pyrenees (Hatch). Creditors (C Company). Invitation to a Journey (Coisceim). Tiny plays for Ireland and America, Inside the GPO, End of the Road, Whereabouts, The Flesh Addict (Fishamble). Roberto Zucco, Pale Angel, Wideboy Gospel and Melon Farmer (Bedrock). Romeo and Juliet (Second Age).

TV/FILM: The Flag, Pursuit, Out of Innocence, Gridlock, The Break, Jack Taylor, Amber, Angel, Single-Handed, Proof, Blood Coloured Moon, Roy, The Catalpa Rescue, Batman Begins, and Amongst Women.


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IMPORTANT INFORMATION for visiting our theatre:

In line with the Government’s plan, in order to attend an event at Garter Lane, you and all of your booking party will be required to present  the following on arrival at our theatre:

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If you do not have the required COVID-19 documentation AND photo ID on your arrival at the theatre, you will not be admitted and a refund will not apply.

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Garter Lane has ample space in both its courtyard and gallery in which to socially distance yourself and your party prior to the event.

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