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...

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My Mild Obsession with this Ubiquitous plot line.

 Saw a lovely Israeli film last week. The Women`s Balcony. I think it is part of the UK Jewish Film Festival. Then...I saw notices about another film. Menashe. I heard good things about it. I looked at a review.

A Reading of `Remedies` at Diorama Arts Studios. December 1st.

Between the last production of a play of mine in the UK ( The Song of Deborah in Hebrew translation was last year in Jerusalem,) several years have gone by. In those years I completed my novel, Mrs Faust, and completed, reworked, reworked again the full-length play The Scapegoat, which had two rehearsed readings, but then I decided to let it lie. (Lie in a drawer for now.) 

"God is Dead, Let`s Make Love," by Kate Tarker.

October 22nd 2017. Yesterday I attended a reading of this lively play at the Canal Cafe Theatre. A shame I didn`t ask Ursula Campbell, who directed it, where the title came from. 

Call me naive, but I take titles seriously.  I was telling members of a new writing group only the other day – I am reticent about most writing issues, but am outspoken on the topic of titles.

What I Put on Facebook This Morning.

5 years ago I submitted a collection of diaries and letters re family history ( 1920 - 2012!) to Writing the Century at the BBC. A producer wanted to use the material, but only some of it. Specifically the vivid diary I kept in May and June 1967, when I was a young woman in Jerusalem at the time of the Six Day War. I would only agree to this being used if I could put it in some context, where it belonged, because in 1967 I was confused in many ways.

Foxtrot, a new Israeli film.

I saw `Foxtrot` at the Garden Cinema, Embankment. I agree with the stunned and impressed reviews I have read, re this moving Israeli film. I recommend it strongly.

After the show there was a Q & A with Samuel Maoz, the writer/director. 

A Play in Search of a Metaphysic: Mosquitoes at The National

Yesterday I saw Mosquitoes. By Lucy Kirkwood, at The National. Lost count of the number of times I wiped my eyes, and it was only a matinee. A moving and thought-provoking play, superbly written, acted, lit, directed, presented. The lot. 

`Prism` Different ways of looking at things?

Last night I saw `Prism` at Hampstead Theatre, written and directed by Terry Johnson.

Surprisingly, the first of this writer/director`s plays I`ve seen – missed previous ones perhaps because I was in Manchester.

I read the programme with interest – after the show. I am glad to have seen the play.

But. Or should that be `And…?`

Summer Time

I haven`t blogged since the spring - how come, I ask myself? Been busy, busy, with many interesting things. 

Having completed Remedies, I invited four actors round for tea - or rather a glass of wine - and a readthrough. It read well, with a natural flow. So I began to send it round. Pleased to report that there is already interest from a lovely fringe venue I have often been to, and I have a couple of interested directors too.  No definite decisions yet, but an extremely positive feeling.

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

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.` 

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

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.

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