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 the Palm Tree Blog

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7 years 10 weeks ago

September 7th. I`ve been looking at other people`s blogs. Wondering how mine will develop. There are so many writers out there. How many novels to date are blog-based, I wonder? 


I watched most of A Bouquet of Barbed wire last night. 20 + years ago I wrote the first draft of Mrs Faust - as a play. Actress Judy Liebert arranged a rehearsed reading at what was then the Soho Poly Theatre. She got some prestigious actors together who struggled to present the tale I was trying to tell. Then the same script got picked up by Bristol Express Theatre Company, who gave it a rehearsed reading under director Astrid Hilne. Still incomplete, it was a play struggling to find its form. (Found finally - as a novel.)


But - in theatre, there is vague, and then there is vague. On the second day of the workshop, Judy gave me an ultimatum. I was playing around with the idea of a female Faust engaging with a Mephistophelean figure. The cast discussed what they thought a soul might be. Desperate to find the clarity I had not given the script (I  wondered whether I might have seemed more persuasive, if - feminists forgive me - I`d been a man with a beard, ) J L declared: `I`ll leave this workshop today unless Deborah Freeman can tell me what a soul is!`


Later, she sent the script to Trevor Eve, who wrote me a letter about it - saying the play deserved to be put on. I don`t think it did. 

7 years 11 weeks ago

Today, September 6th 2010, this website is going live!

7 years 30 weeks ago

This should be my third blog. I have twice tried to write a third blog, and each time have only succeeded in commenting on my first two. Slowly, slowly, I will learn. Every other writer in the world has learned to operate a website and write a blog.....I will learn too!!

7 years 40 weeks ago

This is my second Blog.
I don`t anticipate it will be very different to the first.  Here I am, setting myself up to be judgmental, self-revelatory ( I never said I wouldn`t judge myself!) and the rest.
But I am overtaken by my true nature before I even begin. I feel compelled to sit back and reflect on what it is I - and millions now all over the world and cyber-space - think we are actually doing when we post blogs.
So I`ll set about thinking.
The play goes well, meanwhile. I`ve been getitng up at 5.00 am, because I find ideas are very clear at that time. Not suffering normally from insomnia, I am able to relish the occasional periods when I wake early.
I will have a complete Act One  by the time of the reading at Manchester Art Gallery which is fortunate.

7 years 11 weeks ago

Welcome to my first blog. 

Like everyone else, I read countless blogs, or partly read, and I`m delighted to have my own, at last.  I am as opinionated as the next person but haven`t yet decided the angle to take in my blog.  Its title, `Under the Palm Tree,` will convey that I will not be afraid to be judgmental.  But my life covers different areas.  I hope that somehow or other, in that huge nebulous world out there in cyberblogspace, I may make contact with new life forms.

I live in the UK.  I write plays. I have written three novels.  Several poems.  I do some mental health work.  I go for walks. It`s the end of a long cold winter in Manchester.

I`m so excited to have started this blod that I`m going to sign off now!

D F 

 

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