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...

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

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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.

Being the sort of writer I am, I find the title `God is Dead, Let`s Make Love,` makes me think, first of all of Nietzche,  (and how to spell it!) and then about sexual mores in the twenty-first century. The play, written with youthful flow and American wit, is about a married couple who have become polyamorous. Though ..shock horror...in one brief moment about half way through, it almost metamorphoses, and lo is almost about an old-time pre-feminist man who is just plain polygamous. This in spite of the fact that the story is not told just from his perspective.

Whatever. It was my first visit to Canal Café, and I was delighted to find, in the cast, Kathryn Worth, who played Julia in the production of my  play Candlesticks, at Pentameters Theatre about ten years ago. Great to meet again. Reminiscences!!

The final message of the play, (read with energy by a lively cast,) was, as I recall: `Love hurts,` which is certainly true for some people some of the time, for others a lot of the time.

But beyond that – and the title led me there – I wondered if this young American writer was comparing the free-love culture of some sexually-adventurous Californians with the other side of modern American life – the silver ring kids, who swear to be virgins until marriage, and ever-faithful after it.

If my hunch was right, then the connections between God Is Dead and Candlesticks were actually quite strong. Candlesticks was about what four different people believed, or didn`t believe. 

And now to google polyamory. Lots to learn still.  Though I do recall hearing something about it on Woman`s Hour.... 

 

 

 

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