Plays by Deborah Freeman

I have completed `Remedies,` a play about M E.  Background research...

Writing Groups

I am setting up a new writing group in East Finchley, to be held in the atmospheric location of an East Finchley...

Novels by Deborah Freeman

 A few years back. I answered an ad on the Radio 3 website, from the conceptual art company, Blast Theory...

Poems by Deborah Freeman

These appeared in the journal Jewish Renaissance, 2008.  `Fish.` `Fasting.` `Open a Gate for Us. ` `After the...

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"God is Dead, Let`s Make Love," by Kate Tarker.

October 22nd 2017. Yesterday I attended a reading of this lively play at the Canal Cafe Theatre. A shame I didn`t ask Ursula Campbell, who directed it, where the title came from. 

Call me naive, but I take titles seriously.  I was telling members of a new writing group only the other day – I am reticent about most writing issues, but am outspoken on the topic of titles.

What I Put on Facebook This Morning.

5 years ago I submitted a collection of diaries and letters re family history ( 1920 - 2012!) to Writing the Century at the BBC. A producer wanted to use the material, but only some of it. Specifically the vivid diary I kept in May and June 1967, when I was a young woman in Jerusalem at the time of the Six Day War. I would only agree to this being used if I could put it in some context, where it belonged, because in 1967 I was confused in many ways.

Foxtrot, a new Israeli film.

I saw `Foxtrot` at the Garden Cinema, Embankment. I agree with the stunned and impressed reviews I have read, re this moving Israeli film. I recommend it strongly.

After the show there was a Q & A with Samuel Maoz, the writer/director. 

A Play in Search of a Metaphysic: Mosquitoes at The National

Yesterday I saw Mosquitoes. By Lucy Kirkwood, at The National. Lost count of the number of times I wiped my eyes, and it was only a matinee. A moving and thought-provoking play, superbly written, acted, lit, directed, presented. The lot. 

`Prism` Different ways of looking at things?

Last night I saw `Prism` at Hampstead Theatre, written and directed by Terry Johnson.

Surprisingly, the first of this writer/director`s plays I`ve seen – missed previous ones perhaps because I was in Manchester.

I read the programme with interest – after the show. I am glad to have seen the play.

But. Or should that be `And…?`

Summer Time

I haven`t blogged since the spring - how come, I ask myself? Been busy, busy, with many interesting things. 

Having completed Remedies, I invited four actors round for tea - or rather a glass of wine - and a readthrough. It read well, with a natural flow. So I began to send it round. Pleased to report that there is already interest from a lovely fringe venue I have often been to, and I have a couple of interested directors too.  No definite decisions yet, but an extremely positive feeling.

A Talk at The Leeds Library. Wednesday March 15th. 12.00 pm.

Off to Leeds today, for a talk I am giving tomorrow as part of  the `Milim` Festival of Words. `Milim` is the Hebrew for words, actually.

My talk is called The Journey of a Play. While preparing I began to fantasise that plays are little bundles of energy, words, potential, flying here, there, all over the place, mapping the journeys they need to take to get wherever.... The play whose journey I will be tracing is `The Song of Deborah.` 

February 28th 2017. A Sunny Monday Morning in Woodside Park.

What a week. Meetings, guests, The Cherry Orchard at The Arcola, a day of Jewish Book Week, and finally, at last, on to the end of Remedies. Or rather – the end for now. Next stage a reading. I am about to send it to two directors, but if a director reads this and is interested – get in touch.  Also, an approach to organizations that support people with M E (`whatever it is,` as my G P character Harry remarks twice in the play,) and of course –  light at the end of the creative tunnel – Funding.

Dreams and Words.

Tuesday February 21st 2017. Life has been hectic. I may look as if I don`t have too much to do. But inside my head my characters, Harry, Karen, Colin and Lynn, have reached the climax of their troubled journey through my play Remedies, one of them has…no I won`t say here … and the final scene is only lines from the end.

`Milim` in Leeds.

I saw Mary Stuart, by Friedrich Schiller at The Almeida with the amazing Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams. As my time goes by, I am aware that stamina is not something I can take for granted. Actually, since my recovery years ago from two long episodes of a post-viral syndrome, I haven`t ever taken it for granted. When I watch something like Mary Stuart, my thoughts do dwell on stamina! Just how do they keep going, I ask myself, whether play, acting, direction, are good bad or indifferent! (In the case of this Almeida production, all the above were better than excellent.)

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