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...

The Children

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Saw The Children yesterday, at The Royal Court. I came home with lots to think about. I admired how alive the production felt, like some kind of magnified ants` nest on the stage. By this I mean that every prop was used, characters moved continually from sink to chair, from chair to floor, to rug to door, from door to window. Nosebleeds or other bleeds featured, to add red alarm to the show. The intensely thought-provoking content of the play was depressingly stimulating. 

Of course perhaps the play needed all its on stage activity, seeing as the three characters, Hazel, (Deborah Findlay,) Rose, (Francesca Annis,) and Robin, (Ron Cook,) were confined in one space. The three unities were observed – of time, space, and action. That the acting was excellent hardly needs to be said- the names are enough.

Interestingly, this contemporary, almost post-truth, post-nuclear, post everything play had a sense of something old-fashioned about it. Was this because all the characters were in their late sixties?

And for me, in spite of the play`s wit and challenge, something about the nature of the characters was not completely satisfactory. Call me old-fashioned (I am,) but I didn`t feel that any of the three people had been remotely hurt, not in any lasting way, by the earlier infidelity we heard about.

Though I did say to myself - thank goodness Lucy Kirkwood, a young, intelligent, passionate and fluent playwright isn`t afraid to tell, not show, when her play requires it!

When I got home, I looked up the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, and contemplated, as Lucy Kirkwood probably hoped we all would, some of the dangers of our world.

 

 

 

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