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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`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.)

The Children

Saw The Children yesterday, at The Royal Court. I came home with lots to think about. I admired how alive the production felt, like some kind of magnified ants` nest on the stage. By this I mean that every prop was used, characters moved continually from sink to chair, from chair to floor, to rug to door, from door to window. Nosebleeds or other bleeds featured, to add red alarm to the show. The intensely thought-provoking content of the play was depressingly stimulating. 

Two Plays in Two Days

Last night we saw The Screwtape Letters, at the Park Theatre, and this evening saw the screening of No Man`s Land, at The Phoenix East Finchley.

Manchester

To Manchester for the weekend, which is just as well, as I have been too busy to blog for a week or so now, and look forward to some northern air, out of London.

In the last couple of weeks I have attended the Writers` Group at the Actors` Centre, listening to a cross-section of work by members; a large cross-section. I have connected with a couple of other places and people that interest me. I have progressed to the final scene of Remedies, with ideas for a moving finale enhanced, I hope by the short directing course I did at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

On Two plays and a Novel. Tuesday November 1st 2016

 Since last blog I have seen two plays. Of the moment, of our time, presented by top writers, directors, producers of London Town and the USA.

First:  The Red Barn, at the National, a play by David Hare based on a novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon.  The second, The Intelligent Homosexual`s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, or iHo. By Tony Kushner, directed at Hampstead Theatre by Michael Boyd.

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