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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Tate Britain

There were many wonderful facets to life in Manchester. I don`t regret a milli-second of the years I spent there. All thirty-seven of them. But. Fact is, life in London moves at a different pace - at least for me. This morning I worked on further changes to Remedies. Then we set off to Tate Britain where we saw two exhibitions. Britain and the Empire, and Frank Auerbach. But between the two, or en route from one to the other, we went through the marble hallway to the sound of piped music, or not quite music, which was impressively weird and moving.

The Divided Laing OR The Two Ronnies

Fascinating play at The Arcola, Dalston, last night. Writer Patrick Marmion, director Michael Kingsbury. A play about the life work and relevance of the anti-psychiatry psychiatrist R D Laing - whose books I read before and during training as a Mental Health Social Worker in the nineteen-eighties. 

I recall the last book of Laing`s that I acquired - Knots. Poems. I recall noting that he seemed ultimately to have tied himself up in knots.

The Balint Society

Just been to see the film `Carol.`  Superb mis en scene, acting, colours, and a nice story - but I feel too strong a need for zappy, convincing, argumentative dialogue, to be sufficiently in love with film. Shame. The two protagonists were seriously in love with each other, and the mostly baddie husband was great to watch too. But oh, just imagine if real life was like some films. Long stares while no-one says a word....imagine, for example in the post office...or (for a younger generation) at a parent teachers evening at school. 

Of Mice and Men in East Finchley

Last night I saw the screening from New York of Steinbeck`s brilliant play `Of Mice and Men.` 

The Song of Deborah in Hebrew in Jerusalem.

Saw a superb production of Our Country`s Good at the National, which swept away all grumbles about the scale, the sheer panache of that place. (Yes, sometimes I do say to myself, what`s it all about? After all a play is just a play, isn`t it? )

A Mixed Cocktail of a Week So Far...

In my late teens, I was drawn to poetry, languages and literature. But other forces in my life - not malign ones, but parental, caring, and head-mistress forces - seemed to believe, unanimously that I had the makings of an....economist. Looking back I have some (mostly good-humoured) theories as to how on earth this might have happened. 

"And then Come the Nightjars.`

Saw this at Theatre 503 yesterday. Theatre 503 from my home is a trek. Change of tube, then bus, same back. But yes - worth it. My first visit to this theatre. The play was sturdy as a Devon oak tree. Whichever way you viewed it - it held together. Presumably the writer Bea Roberts grew up among, and knows people like farmer Geoffrey, played by David Fielder, and vet Michael, played by Nigel Hastings.

Shropshire

Armed with laptop, which magically seems able to record (even when it isn`t switched on!) changes I make to `Remedies` and a new 15 minute play, and poems from my new mini-collection..and ipad, and mobile phones (no reception we`ve been told..) off we go to Shropshire, to house and dogsit for a friend who`s going to Ireland. 

Moving to London, loving London, relishing what it offers us and trying in a small way to offer a bit in return...I have experienced a strong desire to get Out Of London. That desire being fulfilled this week.

The Trial

Saw two plays this week about law and legal systems. Invisible, at The Bush, by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, directed by Michael Oakley.  And The Trial at the Young Vic, directed by Richard Jones, adapted from Kafka`s book by Nick Gill.

Strangers on the Train

So, weeks have gone by and I have not returned to my blog. Today, travelling back from the Lake District, I got into conversation with two people from Brighton, both involved with the arts, in different ways, with special interests in fringe festivals and museums. The kind of people I enjoy meeting on trains. 

And afterwards it occurred to me that it is for people like these that I keep this website and write occasional blogs. So that should someone feel the slightest bit curious to know about my work, there is a place they can find out.

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