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...

A Talk at The Leeds Library. Wednesday March 15th. 12.00 pm.

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Off to Leeds today, for a talk I am giving tomorrow as part of  the `Milim` Festival of Words. `Milim` is the Hebrew for words, actually.

My talk is called The Journey of a Play. While preparing I began to fantasise that plays are little bundles of energy, words, potential, flying here, there, all over the place, mapping the journeys they need to take to get wherever.... The play whose journey I will be tracing is `The Song of Deborah.` 

It started way back with an argument with my mother in Jerusalem (how I miss her,) a cold coffee in a polystyrene cup at The Royal Exchange, Manchester, on to Mandy Hare`s neurotic rescue dog Harriet. And onwards.

I have finished a rehearsed reading version of `Remedies,` and already have positive feedback from two directors. The play is of wide interest - who doesn`t know someone who has had, or thinks they have had (or have ) M E - and I am looking at ways of getting support for the production. Any ideas - get in touch via here. `M E` is one of two plot lines in the play, both of which affect all the characters, both of which are about the human need for clarity, and knowledge - to make things clear. Ha ha. 

Aren`t novels strange? Kate Atkinson is one of my most admired writers, but I found her latest book, A God in Ruins, mysteriously hard to get into. Often if I don`t start a novel easily, I give up, but this time I persevered. Now I am in it, loving it, and relieved.

And plays seen? Last week, at great expense, we saw Travesties at The Appollo. I was not feeling well, which may explain my doziness through Act One. Tom Stoppard`s talent is without equal. He was young, brilliant, and positively bouncing with ideas, when he wrote Travesties. 

 

 

 

 

 

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