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 a Palm Tree Made of Rope Part 1.

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So much has been going on. The Song of Deborah, translated into Hebrew by the lovely Avital Macales, was performed last week and this at the Khan Theatre Studio, Jerusalem. I was there, and saw it.

That is to say, some, perhaps most of it was performed, but a significant amount of it wasn`t, and I`m now back in London trying to reach a balanced decision about what to do next.

Two scenes were simply cut out. Lines delivered in my version (and surely, I am the writer, my version should count for something?) were allocated to other characters, in a completely inappropriate way. 

The scene in which Sisera, captain of the Canaanite army was killed by Yael, wife of King Hever of the Qenites, was inexplicably changed so Yael no longer killed him by hammering a tent peg through his skull (Judges Caps 4 and 5) but instead she strangled him. 

I could go on. I won`t. I am still collecting my thoughts.

On the flight home I read one of the best short stories I`ve read in decades. `Tricks` by Alice Munro. Gorgeous.  

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