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Writers at school


Montréal

David Freeman

Theatre

Presentation

David Freeman

David Freeman, who has a degree in English Literature from Concordia University, writes: "My career as a professional writer began in 1964 with the publication of an article called 'The World of Can't.' Many articles followed. In the seventies, my talent turned towards the theatre and my plays had professional productions both here and abroad. More remarkably, Creeps brought me several awards (including) the New York Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Playwright in 1973. Recently, I've written book reviews for the Montreal Gazette."

Suggested reading*

Creeps (a forceful and funny play about a young man with cerebral palsy)

*These titles have been suggested by the author based on the activities that he/she proposes to students.
It is, however, up to teachers to verify whether the titles are appropriate for their groups (age and education level, specific context, etc.).
Teaching staff are invited to contact the author for clarification on this aspect and assistance in preparing their groups for his/her visit.

Proposed approach and type of activities

The author's approach consists of taking students out of their comfort zone. The appeal for young people lies in the message that they have choices in life. Once the students have read Creeps or listened to the radio drama (Year of the Soul), the author allows them to guide him towards their particular interest in the subject matter.

Examples of activities

    • David Freeman writes: "I would allow the students to get under my skin. In other words, it is important that they speak the dialogue, hear the dialogue and experience the dialogue. Put the dialogue on and wear it like a suit... I usually begin with a short five minute introduction and then answer questions from the students. Time permitting, I would pick a scene (a page or so) from Creeps and have the students write it from their own perspective. A discussion would follow. Another option would be to let them listen to part or the whole 22 minutes of a radio drama I wrote for the CBC in 1981. Titled, Year of the Soul, it also brings forth the situation of the disabled in Montreal."

Special conditions

David Freeman writes brilliant, biting and funny dialogue, but has a disability that gives him a particular speech pattern, which takes a while getting used to. Students should be prepared for this. The workshop requires copies of the play Creeps.


For information

David Freeman
Phone : 514 721-9373

Subject to taxes (GST, PST)

Yes

Levels

Secondary 3, Secondary 4, Secondary 5

Available in

Montréal

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