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...

February 28th 2017. A Sunny Monday Morning in Woodside Park.

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What a week. Meetings, guests, The Cherry Orchard at The Arcola, a day of Jewish Book Week, and finally, at last, on to the end of Remedies. Or rather – the end for now. Next stage a reading. I am about to send it to two directors, but if a director reads this and is interested – get in touch.  Also, an approach to organizations that support people with M E (`whatever it is,` as my G P character Harry remarks twice in the play,) and of course –  light at the end of the creative tunnel – Funding.

The Cherry Orchard was one of those occasions where I regretted sitting in the front row. Dynamic and bouncing, a bouncing production. Noisy. I have always had a naïve faith in Chekhov`s way of writing, and feel that creating a too dynamic production is a bit like putting too much icing on a trusted family recipe for birthday cake. The play doesn`t need it.

The Arcola production was `An English version by Trevor Griffiths, from a translation by Helen Rappaport,` and was one of those productions where I found myself distracted by considerations of `How did that line come to sound like that?` and `I think Chekhov wrote a long rambling speech or two in every play. Where are those?`

`The Stage` said the production was stripped of its Russian soul, which felt like a harsh judgment because it clearly worked hard to be full of soul, punch and meaning. But whose?

Sunday was my day at Jewish Book Week. A lovely session in which Claire Hajaj and Dorit Rabinyan shared stories of cross-cultural love, marriage, families, pasts and futures. I am always intrigued to see how writers take the materials of their own lives, spin them, weave them, change them where necessary, to make fiction. I loved this session. Turned out Claire Hajaj`s mother was from Sunderland – as mine was. Her father was an Israeli Arab who grew up in Yaffo, Jaffa.

I felt I wanted to say to both these young writers - don`t worry, you are not alone. Countless people whose lives may look, on paper, simpler than yours, do actually see beyond the boundaries that for you, have been broken down by love or family.

 Elena Lappin and Elif Shafak had a beautiful conversation about languages,  and writing, and Adina Hoffman was interviewed by Ian Black about her new book, `Till We have built Jerusalem.` 

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