Drama returns to the stage at the Spread Eagle Theatre next Friday, with an acclaimed comedic one-man show about the life, art, psyche and sexuality of the great artist, Francis Bacon.
Garry Roost’s performance has attracted rave reviews for his powerful portrait of Bacon, who was famously described by Margaret Thatcher as “that man who paints those dreadful pictures”.
Caught wearing his mother’s stockings. Banished from the family home. Sent to Berlin with his father’s henchman. Transfixed by Picasso. On to the Colony Club. Champagne. Triptych. A tragic love life. I think of life as meaningless, yet it excites me. I think each day something marvellous is about to happen. Champagne for my real friends. Real pain for my sham friends!
The play draws on the words and thoughts of the artist in a new script by Roost who also performs.”‘Roost is a superb character actor, one of the most inspired at the Fringe. His portraiture is not caricature, polemic or self-examination. He is removed without being absent. He is in there but as faithful squire to the proud knight he serves. Productions don’t get any Fringier than a one man play about a controversial modern artist, presented above a relatively nondescript pub in the far end of town. Neither do they get any better than Pope Head” – Fringe Review
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