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 2.

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As I was saying. The performances were colourful. Musical backing was drumming, by a guy called Sanassy Traore.

Three shows, but no more of this production, unless the play reverts to being more like the one I wrote.  Am I right to insist?

I met with Mandy Hare the other day - Mandy directed the first ever production of SOD at Pentameters Theatre, Hampstead. One review it got was so bad that a guy came, a Californian, who said he`d never before read such a damning review. He`d come in case there was something new and amazing going on that hadn`t yet been recognized. He left at the interval. That early script was in need of dire cutting, editing and rewriting, and Mandy (now writing and producing her own children`s show,  Freya`s Christmas Adventure,) never felt that directing was her ultimate goal.  

The next production, I have to say, was not much better. This time the director refused to let me be at rehearsals, made serious changes to the script, (still not yet sufficiently honed,)  which failed to improve it at all, but made the whole thing weirdly hard to comprehend. Jenny Quayle was a stunning actress, but I`ll never know what she thought about the play in which she starred - as I was not allowed to get close to the actors. 

The next production, directed by friend Laurence Summers at the rather alarming venue The Lion and Unicorn in Kentish Town was intellegent, thoughtful, careful, and made sense. By now I had done a great deal to the script, and the play was beginning to mean what I had wanted it to mean all along. 

In 2011 I was offered a 3 day slot at the Lowry Centre Studio in Manchester, for one of my plays. I chose The Song of Deborah, and came across dynamic and well-known director Abbey Wright, who read it and loved it.  Artistically Abbey was clear, deep, and dynamic. She understood every word of the script, and of the sub-text. By the last night of this production, I knew - The Song of Deborah was fine.

I have sent it to one or two more people in Israel. One day an agent here will pick it up and run with it!

Meanwhile, it`s autumn, it`s London, and there are plays to be seen.  Tonight we are going to R & D by Simon Vinnicombe, Downstairs at Hampstead Theatre. From the blurb it looks fascinating. But I was dismayed to read that the play starts with a man whose wife has just died.  Have I ever mentioned my hang-up, my issue with countless plays, films, and TV scripts written by men? Why is it so many of them start with the motif of the deceased wife. It looks as if generation after generation of male playwrights feel that no real drama can exist that relates to real women between the ages of thirty and sixty - certainly not if they are married!    

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