Plays by Deborah Freeman

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Poems by Deborah Freeman

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The Song of Deborah

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The Song of Deborah

The Song of Deborah was staged at the Lowry Studio, June 2011. Great cast. Great director. 

The cast were:  Scott Ainslie, Emma Beattie, Kate Burdette, Jonathan Christie, Suzy Crothers, George Georgiou.   Designer: Florence McHugh. Voice-music to heighten the drama and complete the overall effect: Tristan Parkes.  Director: Abbey Wright. The production was in the Studio, The Lowry Centre, in June.  

John Jeffay, of TheJC.com said: `An intriguing, passionate and defiantly non-traditional take....more girl-power and more gods than the original.. `A thoughtful and powerful piece..well-written and engaging...`  

The playwright says: `The play is a contemporary telling of the tale of Deborah the Judge, and the composition of the epic poem, The Song of Deborah. The play seems surprisingly contemporary. Or not that surprising, considering that I wrote it.` 

Reviewers of the previous production said:  John Thaxter: The Stage.   "Manchester playwright Deborah Freeman was no doubt drawn to her Old Testament heroine as a namesake and fellow writer. Indeed, she has the doughty desert judge momentarily longing to be a loving housewife, while struggling with her God-given talents as a war poet.......The dialogue has a metaphysical quality which, coupled with a heightened playing style, makes it timeless."       Scout from Really Useful Theatres:  "There is a fundamental bravery in Freeman`s play, and that is to have written a new play which can boast such a sweepingly epic backdrop , and broad discussion on: the nature of war and divided faiths; war and the way it is reported; propagandist consequences; personal tragedies peripheral to war. There is big matter in this play.... The characters are exceptionally well drawn, especially those of Baraq and Sisera. The 3-way relationship between Deborah, Baraq and Sisera, which provides the dramatic backbone of the play, is intelligent and incisive. Whilst their dialogue discusses the greater narrative and the main-steak of the play, their subtext is fertile with personal and domestic grievances. The language is strong and the idea of  poetry which is fundamental to the play bleeds through the writing but is not heavy handed."

 

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