Tuesday 22 November | 20.45-22.30
What could be more uncomfortably human than lying? An act of hope and fear, daring and cowardice that is oddly creative at the same time – few practiced the art of lying better than Harvey Matusow. This two-night programme investigates the one-time Communist turned celebrity FBI informant who later re-invented himself as a champion of London’s 1960s arts scene and writer for the infamous Oz magazine. We present never-before-seen material from Matusow’s archive at the University of Sussex Special Collections, including rare films and images, a live link to New York, and a roundtable discussion featuring academics, journalists and archivists. In our second event, Robert Cohen performs The Trials of Harvey Matusow, his acclaimed one-man show, which offers an affecting and sometimes hilarious portrait of the man behind the act.