Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned specialist in the brilliantly difficult Holy Sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with stage four metastatic ovarian cancer. Her approach to her illness is not unlike her approach to Donne: aggressively probing and intensely rational. But during the course of her illness ? and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy programme ? she comes to reassess her life and her work with profundity and an unbearably moving wry humour?
|Vivian Bearing||Ruth Evans|
|Harvey Kelekian/Mr Bearing||Brian Stoner|
|Jason Posner||Richard Haynes|
|Susie Monohan||Rosi Hunter|
Photographer: Martin Oldfield