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Play penned at IASH set for silver screen

An Olivier Award-winning play that was written at the University has been adapted for the cinema.

Una - released on 1 September – is based on David Harrower’s critically acclaimed drama Blackbird.

David Harrower wrote the play at the University’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) while he was an Edinburgh Festival Creative Fellow in 2004-2005.

Blackbird was premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2005.

Thrilling adaptation

David Harrower has written the screenplay for Una, which is directed by benedict Andrews.

The confrontational drama follows a young woman who is trying to reclaim her past. 15 years earlier she ran away with an older man and now she has tracked him down to ask unanswered questions.

Premier institute

IASH is one of the world's premier Institutes for Advanced Study.

It was established in 1969 to promote interdisciplinary research in the arts, humanities and social sciences at the University.

It provides an international, interdisciplinary and autonomous space for discussion and debate.

Since its foundation more than 1000 scholars from 66 countries have held Institute fellowships; and up to 28 Fellows are in residence at any one time.

Housed in a secluded 18th-century courtyard overlooking the Meadows, the Institute is adjacent to most centres of University activity.

The Institute creates an inspiring, unparalleled working atmosphere. It's both a quiet haven in which to reflect and ponder and, through the interaction of other national and international Fellows, a challenging meeting-ground in which ideas are discussed, examined and tested. My year there was invigorating; IASH itself, unique.

David Harrower

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