Tom Sutcliffe and guests discuss the cultural highlights of the week
Joining Tom on this week's panel are:
Deborah Moggach - novelist Patrick Gale - novelist Rowan Pelling- writer
Factory Girl Sienna Miller stars in this biopic about Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol’s muse and superstar of The Factory – Warhol’s New York City Studio. Factory Girl opens nationwide on March 16, Certificate 15.
The Pesthouse by Jim Crace
Crace’s new novel is set in a post-apocalyptic America of the future which has reverted to a primitive way of living without technology or social cohesion. Everyone is attempting to migrate eastwards to the ocean in an attempt to reach civilisation. Franklin has left home to attempt the journey east and when he shelters in a small hut overnight he encounters Margaret who is suffering from the plague and has been removed from her village and quarantined in the hut. Franklin and Margaret decide to thrown in their lot together. The Pesthouse by Jim Crace is published by Picador.
The Unknown Monet
This exhibition at The Royal Academy is devoted to Monet’s drawings and pastels and reveals him as a talented draughtsman, a gift he publicly disavowed, preferring to style himself as a spontaneous painter who spurned preliminary sketches or plans. The Unknown Monet is at The Royal Academy of Arts until June 10.
Guest Choice: The Book of Ruth
Patrick Gale explains why this book of the Old Testament appeals to him because of its folk-tale quality and unexpected feminine angle. Book of Ruth
Dying for It - a free adaptation by Moira Buffini of Erdman’s play ‘The Suicide’ Inspired by Nikolai Erdman’s classic satirical comedy which was banned by Stalin, Dying For It centres on Semyon who is unemployed, living in a hallway and watching his wife tire herself out trying to earn a living for them both. Semyon decides to take his own life and is suddenly inundated with visitors begging him to die on their behalf. Dying for It is at the Almeida Theatre in North London until April 28
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