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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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.

And now for something not different at all.

Saw I am Daniel Blake yesterday.

I worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker, at Withington Hospital in Manchester, between 1985 and 1988, during an early season of Thatcherite cuts in public services. I particularly remember something called Discretionary Furniture. When I started work, people being rehoused, usually in association with chronic and enduring mental illnesses, got items under this heading - such as fridge, bed, table, chairs. By the time I left (my first episode of ME ) Discretionary Furniture had disappeared. Wiped off the welfare map.

On Leaving a Play at the Interval.

I rarely do this. And the play in whose interval I left last night was so full of good things, I hesitate to confess my act.

However, leave I did. If, reading this, you want to write to tell me why I should have stayed, then fine. Please do. 

I felt perturbed on the way home. Was I insulting the writer, the director, the actors, by leaving? I recalled that the odd person - or couple, usually a couple - had walked out of one of my plays at an interval. Not many, I`m pleased to say. 

Under a Palm Tree Made of Rope Part 2.

As I was saying. The performances were colourful. Musical backing was drumming, by a guy called Sanassy Traore.

Three shows, but no more of this production, unless the play reverts to being more like the one I wrote.  Am I right to insist?

Under a Palm Tree Made of Rope Part 1.

So much has been going on. The Song of Deborah, translated into Hebrew by the lovely Avital Macales, was performed last week and this at the Khan Theatre Studio, Jerusalem. I was there, and saw it.

That is to say, some, perhaps most of it was performed, but a significant amount of it wasn`t, and I`m now back in London trying to reach a balanced decision about what to do next.

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