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...

Dreams and Words.

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Tuesday February 21st 2017. Life has been hectic. I may look as if I don`t have too much to do. But inside my head my characters, Harry, Karen, Colin and Lynn, have reached the climax of their troubled journey through my play Remedies, one of them has…no I won`t say here … and the final scene is only lines from the end.

Just as well.  I have already posted info about Remedies on the facebook page of the So and So Arts Club, and had several interested responses. Over-excited, I invited interested people before dealing with those last 3 pages. I hope they will be patient. Only a day or so….

My attention was distracted by a good few hours hard work, which it took me to prepare my presentation, (talk + slides,) for my session at `Milim`, in Leeds. March 15th, 12.00 pm, at Leeds Library. `The Journey of a Play.`

Last night I dreamed that the people who staged Song of Deborah in Jerusalem, revived it ( without my permission) and toured it in the UK,  in a mixed Hebrew English version. But to my shock/horror, I found that they had changed it, now beyond recognition.  New cast members played roles I could not make head or tail of. A smiling teenager wearing a turban carried a huge cream cake, which he ate as he crossed the stage, and I asked myself: how on earth did he get into my play? So I decided to take action. I interrupted them, shouting, striding back and forth across the stage, shouting, this is not my play, what on earth are you doing to my play? In the dream I received solemn lectures from the director (a bit like, but not identical to Avi Assaraf,) an actress, (a bit like, but not exactly the same as Yaffa Schuster,) about what the play was about, what it was for, and how we were going to proceed with it now that it was on tour in the UK. I woke up furious!

One of my stories has been shortlisted in a competition.  I am weighing up whether to withdraw from it, in order to allow the couple of literary journals I have submitted it to, to decide if they are interested.

Meanwhile I am mulling over comments on `Mrs Faust` and enjoying a hilarious rejection from an agent, whose assistant wrote that `X would like me to convey to you her congratulations on writing a work of such quality, which she really enjoyed. However….`

Going to see The Cherry Orchard at The Arcola in a few days. I do wish more theatres would allow writers to write people talking, the way Chekhov did so well. Those who try to do so (I am one of them) might be light years away from Chekhov`s quality of discourse, but to be honest, some of the high-tec, gimmicky style of stagings I have seen recently really leave me cold.

Last year, I saw  `People Places and Things,` where a stunning, moving script was combined with some high-tec shenanigans. Now that was just superb.

Back to a new short story, and the last 3 pages of Remedies.

 

 

 

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