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...

Under the Palm Tree Blog

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7 years 17 weeks ago

Yom Kippur yesterday. Visits from children, children-in-law and grandchildren. In spite of the natural and beautiful chaos created by four year olds and two years olds, we still found time for the odd serious discussion about the meaning of life, Jewish life, and many other topics.

I haven`t yet found a form for my blogs. Some people bare all regarding family, friends, and personal lives. Others reveal nothing. I would like to learn to reveal exactly what is appropriate. Not a word more. Not a word less.  This is a new skill I hope to study and eventually learn...

A friend whose house was unforgiveably repossessed some time back (perhaps more of this tale another time,) left us a large wooden seal, and a small rabbit, dog and cat.  The grandchildren spent much time here nurturing wooden animals.


An email from a new director interested in directing Song of Deborah at the Lowry Studio in May.


Plus - I had an idea for a new one-act play. Why on earth do my best ideas for plays come to me on Yom Kippur? 


A year of peace to everyone.

7 years 17 weeks ago

Going live today, I think.  Hello all.  The art of revealing just what you want to
reveal - no more, no less - is the art of blogging.  Autumn resolution - study and learn it.

7 years 19 weeks ago

September 7th. I`ve been looking at other people`s blogs. Wondering how mine will develop. There are so many writers out there. How many novels to date are blog-based, I wonder? 


I watched most of A Bouquet of Barbed wire last night. 20 + years ago I wrote the first draft of Mrs Faust - as a play. Actress Judy Liebert arranged a rehearsed reading at what was then the Soho Poly Theatre. She got some prestigious actors together who struggled to present the tale I was trying to tell. Then the same script got picked up by Bristol Express Theatre Company, who gave it a rehearsed reading under director Astrid Hilne. Still incomplete, it was a play struggling to find its form. (Found finally - as a novel.)


But - in theatre, there is vague, and then there is vague. On the second day of the workshop, Judy gave me an ultimatum. I was playing around with the idea of a female Faust engaging with a Mephistophelean figure. The cast discussed what they thought a soul might be. Desperate to find the clarity I had not given the script (I  wondered whether I might have seemed more persuasive, if - feminists forgive me - I`d been a man with a beard, ) J L declared: `I`ll leave this workshop today unless Deborah Freeman can tell me what a soul is!`


Later, she sent the script to Trevor Eve, who wrote me a letter about it - saying the play deserved to be put on. I don`t think it did. 

7 years 19 weeks ago

Today, September 6th 2010, this website is going live!

7 years 38 weeks ago

This should be my third blog. I have twice tried to write a third blog, and each time have only succeeded in commenting on my first two. Slowly, slowly, I will learn. Every other writer in the world has learned to operate a website and write a blog.....I will learn too!!

7 years 48 weeks ago

This is my second Blog.
I don`t anticipate it will be very different to the first.  Here I am, setting myself up to be judgmental, self-revelatory ( I never said I wouldn`t judge myself!) and the rest.
But I am overtaken by my true nature before I even begin. I feel compelled to sit back and reflect on what it is I - and millions now all over the world and cyber-space - think we are actually doing when we post blogs.
So I`ll set about thinking.
The play goes well, meanwhile. I`ve been getitng up at 5.00 am, because I find ideas are very clear at that time. Not suffering normally from insomnia, I am able to relish the occasional periods when I wake early.
I will have a complete Act One  by the time of the reading at Manchester Art Gallery which is fortunate.

7 years 19 weeks ago

Welcome to my first blog. 

Like everyone else, I read countless blogs, or partly read, and I`m delighted to have my own, at last.  I am as opinionated as the next person but haven`t yet decided the angle to take in my blog.  Its title, `Under the Palm Tree,` will convey that I will not be afraid to be judgmental.  But my life covers different areas.  I hope that somehow or other, in that huge nebulous world out there in cyberblogspace, I may make contact with new life forms.

I live in the UK.  I write plays. I have written three novels.  Several poems.  I do some mental health work.  I go for walks. It`s the end of a long cold winter in Manchester.

I`m so excited to have started this blod that I`m going to sign off now!

D F 

 

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