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Sidney Nolan: Life and Work

Cultural discussion. Andrew Marr discusses the passing of time with poet Elaine Feinstein, curator Rebecca Daniels, theatre director Trevor Nunn and composer Ryan Wigglesworth.

On Start the Week Andrew Marr talks to the poet Elaine Feinstein about her work from over half a century of writing, from her early poems of feminist rebellion to reflections on middle age and marriage, to wry amusement on the fallibility of memory. The curator Rebecca Daniels looks back at the life and work of one of Australia's most celebrated modern painters, Sidney Nolan, and challenges the audience to look beyond his early depictions of the outback and the outlaw Ned Kelly, to see a world artist. The theatre director Trevor Nunn finds the comedy in pitting idealistic Hamlet-esque youth against a wealthy businessman in his production of Rattigan's Love in Idleness. The composer Ryan Wigglesworth has produced a new operatic interpretation of The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare's study of love, loss and reconciliation.

Producer: Katy Hickman

IMAGE: A section of 'Myself' by Sidney Nolan, 1988.

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43 minutes

Elaine Feinstein

Elaine Feinstein is a poet, novelist, playwright and writer.

The Clinic, Memory: New and Selected Poems is published by Carcanet Press Ltd and is available from 22 February.

Trevor Nunn

Trevor Nunn is a theatre, film and television director.

Rattigan’s Love in Idleness is on at the Chocolate Factory from 10 March.

Ryan Wigglesworth

Ryan Wigglesworth is a composer and conductor.

The Winter’s Tale is at the English National Opera from 27 February.

Rebecca Daniels

Rebecca Daniels is an academic and curator.

Transferences: Sidney Nolan in Britain runs at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester until 4th June 2017. The exhibition is part of a year-long centenary celebration, organised by the Sidney Nolan Trust.


Role Contributor
Presenter Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest Elaine Feinstein
Interviewed Guest Rebecca Daniels
Interviewed Guest Trevor Nunn
Interviewed Guest Ryan Wigglesworth
Producer Katy Hickman