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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Thinking and Soup.

Back to the quiet internal world, then. Around me is the house. In the kitchen a pile of vegetables wait to be chopped.  A swede, celeriac, sweet potatoes, onion. But the soup can wait.  I`ve finished the morning`s emails. Put my phone to charge upstairs. Made a couple of phone calls. There`s a mental health hearing this afternoon. But for the morning - Jeff being out into the bargain - today gives me freedom to think. And I think I`ve got it. 

Home again...

Back to Manchester today. The rehearsed reading of The Scapegoat at London Jewish Museum went so well - I loved every moment. Thanks again to Ariella Eshed, Stephen Connery-Brown, Kate Cook, Ruth Lass, Drew McKenzie, Neusha Milanian. Thanks also to all at London Jewish Museum. 

A generous audience of 40 + provided interested and interesting comments and questions. Great to meet directors Robert Fried and Franceen Brodkin, who were so positive too.

Meteorites, gods and plays.

Although I have worked with some excellent actors and directors in recent years, it has not yet been my lot to have the `admin` surrounding readings and productions taken completely out of my hands by agents or producers. (Actually, the one production I once had with a committed producer involved me in a great deal of work.)

Cast and Tickets. The Scapegoat reading.

The cast for the forthcoming reading of The Scapegoat at London Jewish Museum:  Stephen Connery-Brown, Kate Cook, Ruth Lass, Drew McKenzie, Neusha Milanian.  The day: Sunday February 17th. The auditorium seats 100. Bookings are going well.To be certain of getting in, the museum suggests you book in advance. Call - 020 7284 7384.

Off to London

Off to London for the first rehearsal of The Scapegoat, prior to the reading at London Jewish Museum, Feb 17th.  As soon as I have the full names of all the actors, I`ll put them here. Meanwhile I`ve made cuts and changes to the script, which were necessary.

Seats selling nicely at the Museum.  I`ll put a final estimate here next week, just in case anyone gets left out.

The Olive Tree. Music Haim Tsur. Lyrics Deborah Freeman.

An interesting week in Jerusalem. I visited the Anglican School, in Rechov Hanevi`im, Street of the Prophets, just down the road from the house William Holman Hunt built in 1876. Designed by the same architect. Schick.  The building originally housed the Church`s Mission to the Jews, and Hunt`s foe Bishop Gobat ruled over it.

In a brief hour there I met several fascinating people, read The Lord`s Prayer in the hall - in Hebrew - and discussed adapting The Land of Socks and Teaspoons for classes of Jerusalem children, of every denomination and creed. Great fun.

Know Before you Go

The title `Know Before you Go` takes on several resonances for me. I think I`ve become over-involved in Siri Hustvedt`s novel `What I loved.` Still reading, coming to the end but not there yet - I feel I know all the people in it - as one by one they have to leave the book. Written out. But they don`t feel written. In or out.They feel real. Perhaps one reason is the depth of detail with which the author has brought to life the `oeuvres`  of character Bill.

Happy New Year

Currently I am still working on the script of The Scapegoat, improving, cutting, for the reading at London Jewish Museum on February 17th. Trying to work out how to record the singing, the background singing, that I think will enhance the reading. One or two groups and organizations already interested in supporting the event. After that, who knows what will become of my Scapegoat. Spoke yesterday with someone who advised on list of people to invite.   But beyond this one play, I am now making plans for the coming year. Mrs Faust is once again on my agenda.

Thursday December 13th 2012.

The reading of scenes from The Scapegoat at Tate Britain on Friday night went smoothly. Thanks to all involved. Firstly - Ariella Eshed, director. Normally I go through the process of putting a play together feeling extremely alone. The process of producing draft after draft of The Scapegoat has been enhanced by discussions with Ariella, who has brought some `little gem` ideas to the script. Of course we have had our blank moments, when Ariella didn`t seem to `get` what I thought I was doing.

Friday December 7th. Clore Auditorium. Tate Britain. 7.00 pm.

A rehearsed reading is not a production. What we are presenting at Tate Britain this Friday is not a whole play. `The Scapegoat` runs along two timelines. One follows the life and ideas (researched and interpreted by me with licence) of William Holman Hunt, with a focus on his Christian Zionist beliefs.

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