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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The Truth?

So much going on at the moment. I saw Florian Zeller`s `The Truth` this evening, and although I laughed almost all the way through it, by the end, I was ready for closure, and thirsty for depth. Still, the audience had a great time. 

The Song of Deborah is being rehearsed in Jerusalem, and I am dealing with Mrs Faust, and Remedies at this end. 

July 21st Remedies

Remedies the play was put aside for a few months, as I have been busy with the Hebrew production of The Song of Deborah, (opening Khan Theatre Studio, Jerusalem September 27th) and with re-chaptering `Mrs Faust.` Currently all of Mrs F is laid out on my study table, chapter by chapter, while I check that the order works, dates fit, and modify the ending.

The Kreutzer Sonata - Blog July 16th .

Years ago in my youth I tinkled around with a few lines, or even a page or two of Beethoven`s Kreutzer Sonata. At least I think I did. Or perhaps I`ve heard it so many times down the years that I feel as if I once tried to play it.

The Song of Deborah to open in Jerusalem in September.

Lots has been happening. Last night I saw The Maids, at Trafalgar Studios. I was dismayed that Claire and Solange, played by two infinitely talented and energetic actresses, delivered much of their dialogue while shouting with American accents. (Uzo Aduba is American, Zawe Ashton a Londoner, both overwhelming in brilliance and energy, but why oh why were they directed to perform at such decibel levels?)  Because of the shouting I failed to catch a great deal of their dialogue

The Song of Deborah in Israel

The Song of Deborah was translated into beautiful Hebrew last year, by the talented Avital Macales. Very quickly the Israeli theatre company African Israeli Stage became interested in it, and currently Yaffa Schuster, Artistic Director of African Israeli Stage, is in touch with me for discussions on possible developments. 

Meanwhile I am continuing with Mrs Faust - hard work, but I`m loving it. And my membership of the group Highgate Poets means that poetry is in my mind more than it has been for a long time.

Manchester Women Writers

I had committed to a workshop with Manchester Women Writers today, and decided to honour the commitment in spite of being ill since saturday with a winter virus. (At the best of times, I do not have a friendly relationship with viruses.)

An Evening at The National Watching An Evening at the Talkhouse.

Almost missed getting there last night. Building and roadworks around Waterloo - reminding me of the magnitude of the sprawling metropolis, London, we now call home. 

Places I lived in previously were easier to negotiate. Bristol, Sheffield, Leeds, Ashkelon, Manchester. But one odd thing. We predicted that once we lived in London we would no longer bump into people we knew at plays, concerts or exhibitions. The opposite has turned out to be true.

Novels, Plays, Memoirs, Poems! Happy New Year...

Christmas and New Year week brimful of interest. First, we attended a couple of days of Limmud, which is a kind of Edinburgh Festival of Jewish culture, open to all, (you don`t have to be Jewish..) held this year in Birmingham. I found it crowded and noisy, but as on previous visits, enjoyed one or two gems of sessions. A session run by the young academic/poet Aviva Dautch on the great Eva Hoffman was a delight, and a session on Writing Memoirs by Hoffman herself even more so. Like many of my favourite books, Lost in Translation was long ago `lent ` to someone, so: replacing it forthwith.

Missing Moments and Missed Opportunities...

Watched final episode of Downton Abbey last night. I read some time back that actress Elizabeth McGovern was interviewed and appeared almost lukewarm about her role in the Downton phenomenon. The final episode, as so many previous episodes, left what was for me a gaping hole in the structure put together with great commitment and creativity by Julian Fellowes and production team.

Happy Christmas

To the followers of this website who celebrate Christmas, good wishes to you. To others, apologies for another long gap. I have been working on Remedies, and reading, s.l.o.w.l.y, a beautiful book called The Forgiven by Lawrence Osborne. Torn between turning the pages fast to explore what came next, and turning them slowly (slow won,) because every page read brought me closer to the inexorable end.

(Which, I have to say, was not what I had expected.)

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