Date(s) - 23 Oct 2021
2:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The Sumner, Melbourne
Open Captioned Performance
Muse and mentor, Sunday Reed was the founder of Melbourne’s Heide Museum of Modern Art, and the heart of a circle of artists that included the likes of Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and Joy Hester. In this world premiere MTC commission, Nikki Shiels (Home, I’m Darling) embodies Reed’s passionate and unconventional spirit, bringing to life an audacious fantasy of her fateful affair with Nolan, her unbroken devotion to her husband, and the devastating price she paid for living and loving on her own terms as a woman in mid-20th century Australia.
Sunday Reed isn’t like most women. In fact, she’s not like most men. Outspoken, uninhibited, adventurous, she has a laser eye for the new – in life and in art. When struggling artist Sidney Nolan arrives at Heide, the idyllic utopia Sunday is creating with her beloved husband John Reed on the outskirts of 1940s Melbourne, what ensues will haunt all three to their dying days. And in the aftermath, Australian art will never look the same.
Award-winning playwright Anthony Weigh (2,000 Feet Away) brings this Melbourne icon to the stage with a lively and impressionistic dream of Sunday Reed’s intellectual, artistic and romantic life. Directed by Sarah Goodes (Home, I’m Darling) and also featuring Matt Day (North by Northwest), Mark Leonard Winter (Miss Julie) and Ratidzo Mambo (Escape from Pretoria), Sunday is an unforgettable story of a bold and complex woman, born out of time and place, whose shadow looms large in our city’s history.