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Inventing the Self: Fact and Fiction

Cultural discussion programme. Andrew Marr discusses truth, lies and the self with Robert Lepage, Rebecca Stott, Miranda Doyle, Andrew O'Hagan.

On Start the Week, Andrew Marr explores where truth ends and invention begins in the story of the self. The theatre director Robert Lepage has spent decades creating other worlds on stage; now his one-man show recreates his childhood home in 1960s Quebec, with truth at the mercy of memory. Rebecca Stott has written the story of her family that her father left unfinished, including the Christian cult that inspired their devotion, until doubt led them astray. Miranda Doyle casts doubt on the veracity of memoir itself, by writing a series of lies to get at the truth of her family story. Andrew O'Hagan has examined three lives existing more fully online than offline: the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange; the fabled inventor of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto and 'Ronald Pinn'- an experiment in identity theft that disrupts the very notion of the self.
Producer: Katy Hickman

Image: Robert Lepage on stage in 887 by Ex Machina/ Robert Lepage Photographer: Eric Labbé.

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43 minutes

Andrew O'Hagan

The Secret Life: Three True Stories is published by Faber & Faber

Miranda Doyle

A Book of Untruths is published by Faber & Faber

Rebecca Stott

In The Days of Rain: A Daughter, A Father, A Cult is published by Fourth Estate

Robert Lepage

887, written, designed, directed & performed by Robert Lepage, is at The Barbican 1st-10th June.


Role Contributor
Presenter Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest Robert Lepage
Interviewed Guest Rebecca Stott
Interviewed Guest Miranda Doyle
Interviewed Guest Andrew O'Hagan
Producer Katy Hickman


  • Mon 5 Jun 2017 09:00
  • Mon 5 Jun 2017 21:30