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...

My Mild Obsession with this Ubiquitous plot line.

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 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. Then I thought - my goodness, no, here`s another one. Am I the only person, man or woman, who notices the prevalence of this plot line? Wife or mother dies....heroic man has to keep going? Of course this happens, of course it does, and of course we grieve profoundly when it does. But how many films are made, plays written, novels written, major ones, in which a husband or a father dies, and a courageous woman holds it together against the odds, keeps going? I seem to be the only person who notices the unbelievable ubiquity of this plot line. If I was younger I would do a Ph D on the subject. If anyone is volunteering I will be your research assistant. PS And don`t tell me it has nothing to do with the casting issue re actresses and age....

I also have a wider theory... For centuries women did indeed perish in chidbirth. Concerned writers, mostly male, consciously or otherwise, morphed while no-one was paying attention, to using the same template, even though in the decades between the nineteenth century and now maternal mortality has plummeted.

And as this blog appears to be a Complaining One, here is my second New Year Grumble. It concerns all those people, half a dozen of them, who have told me, in the last year, that they will be in touch shortly, and then aren`t. In an age of email and mobile phones, to fail to reply to a polite email is unforgiveable! (And in the case of U C, J L, D H, P R, 2 emails!)

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