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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Hay on Wye..

Rather late in the day - ie my first time, I`m going to Hay today.

Saw Oppenheimer the day before yesterday. 

Reading a great book - been lucky with books recently.

Seem to be writing poems again. 

Joining a group called Player-Playwrights - went to first meeting on Monday. Heard a readthrough of a new play filled with the writer`s fluency and urge to write, and the actors` talents - but was reminded just how hard it can be to put the component parts together...

Will take notes in Hay, if I remember.

This seems to be a very brief blog....

The Goshawk and Quintessential Englishness.

I finished H is for Hawk with the same sense of awe and respect for the writing that I had last blog - at which time I was half way through it. But the story of T H White didn`t only inform and illuminate Helen Macdonald`s book. It also, at times, got in the way of it (for me.) 

So out of curiosity  I have now ordered The Goshawk.

Reading at Sea...

Been away for two weeks. Most of the time - at sea. Before leaving I called in to Waterstones for a book or two. Came away with A Secret History, Donna Tartt, and H is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald.

Two completely contrasting books, with style and scholarship in common. I`d never read Tartt. Now plan to read more. So often a book that is well-crafted, and a page turner, seems (to me,) to fizzle out towards the end. But this book`s closure (or lack of - same thing I think,) impressed me so much that I reread one particular half page several times. 

Bad Jews, Good Jews, and Not Me.

Getting busier. New play, Not Me, now moves speedily into scene four, and I`m delighted with how it`s going. A long time since I`ve felt this pleased about a scene. This afternoon I`m off to Actors` Centre, Covent Garden, to post `Playwright WLTM Director` notice. 

As for The Scapegoat, I have hesitated to `source` the producer that this play needs, apart from a probably ill-advised ad I put in The Jewish Chronicle. 

Suburban? What does it mean?

Interesting weekend. Yesterday I saw Stevie. By Hugh Whitemore, at Hampstead Theatre. Zoe Wanamaker, Lynda Baron, Chris Larkin, were directed by Christopher Morahan. He e must have done a good job because overall nothing in the show jarred for me . The fourth character was the required suburban set.

The Blazing World

Getting back to work and into circulation again after several weeks of unpleasant post-viral diminution in stamina.  The good thing to come out of this is that the new play Not Me, is going well again. 

Visitors by Barney Norris

I`ve been intensely occupied with my oldnew play, still with working title Not Me. What with family, friends and the festive season, I`ve hardly read a book or seen a play. 

This afternoon that changed. At one o`clock I called The Bush to hear that yes there may be returns for the matinee of Visitors, provided we queue for them in person. But we`re not on the tube yet, I cried! Can`t you write our names on your list, and keep them for us...

`Great Britain` by Richard Bean

Saw Great Britain by Richard Bean last night, and, along with my three companions, was disappointed by it. In fact you could say we were fiercely critical and unable to comprehend the rave reviews which had impelled these Manchester friends, visiting London, to choose this play.

Please don`t shout.

Yes yes yes. I`m getting  further into play - scene four coming up. Following the current fashion so it will be an hour and twenty five minutes with no interval. Where did such a fashion spring from? Still no title for it, and given that it is a splicing of two earlier plays, Not Me, and Remedies, still some uncertainty.  Particularly as the play is about uncertainty. 

Back on Track

I`m returning to my blog and website after a break. It`s been a period of great activity, actually, but the reporting instinct seemed to have left me for a while.

The other day we saw Electra at the Old Vic, and loved it. Intense, exhausting.  

I`m happy to have returned to work on an old/new play, whose previous two versions were called Not Me and Remedies respectively. New characters, but same theme/s. This time it is going well, but has no title. 

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