Pope Head
Saturday 17th June

Pope Head: The Secret Life of Francis Bacon written and performed by Garry Roost Directed by Paul Garnault is a dark comedic drama exploring the life, art, sexuality, psyche and philosophies of the great artist, Francis Bacon. Caught wearing his mother’s stockings and banished from the family home. We follow the struggle of the young artist who eventually finds that success goes hand –in- hand with tragedy when you are determined to live life to the full. A powerful solo show that found International success after the east coast tour of Australia in February / March 2015 to critical acclaim and invited to Summerhall  Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. The Francis Bacon Estate has endorsed the play with high praise. Clare Shenstone a close confidant of Bacon found the portrayal as a “Startling…brilliant performance.”  Pope Head played the opening night of the MoMA Dubrovnik Francis Bacon Exhibition December 2016. The first of its kind in Croatia. Bacon famously proclaimed; “Champagne for my real friends. Real pain for my sham friends”.

“Superb Solo show” Public Reviews ****

“Roost brings Bacon back to dangerous life” - Syke On Stage 

“Roost delivers in spades” – Scenestr

“Mesmerising portrayal” - South Sydney Herald  “A very talented actor” – ScotsGay

“A superb character actor, one of the most inspired at the fringe.”- FringeReview


Paul Garnault graduated E.15 Acting School in London and after many years as an actor moved into Directing. As Artistic Director of the Wales Actors' Company he steered the way to create one of the most successful professional national theatre companies in England touring high quality, innovative productions in the UK, Ireland and France. He has directed lauded productions of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, many musicals. The company has worked with some of the foremost writers in the UK including Ian Rowlands (The Sin Eaters) and Edward Thomas (House Of America)  as well as actors such as Sir Anthony Hopkins (former patron of WAC), and Ian Hughes (of the RSC). Paul will direct Midsummer Nights Dream starting at The Globe then a world tour of USA, Russia and Germany in 2016.

Garry Roost trained at E15 Acting School and has extensive experience in Television, Theatre, Film. His main grounding was in theatre in his early career including; Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Citizens Theatre Glasgow, Birmingham Rep, West Yorkshire Play House and Hull Truck. Best known for Creepy Guy in Blackbooks, Mickey Doolan Irish Jockey in 'At the Races' sketch with Steve Coogan The Day Today. Garry’s recent inaugural solo show project directed by Gareth Armstrong at the Edinburgh Festival 2012 ignited his second solo venture directed by Paul Garnault, Pope Head (The Secret Life of Francis Bacon). The play has attracted the attention of producers and major festivals globally after a successful Edinburgh Festival 2014. His work has taken him throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe, the Middle East and a hit east coast tour of Australia of Pope Head 2015. Culminating in conversation with Richard Fidler, ABC Radio. He returned to Edinburgh 2015 at Summerhall the largest Art Centre in Europe.  Most recently December 2016 played the opening night of the Francis Bacon exhibition in MoMA Dubrovnik, Croatia.




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Event Time
7:30 pm
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The Sitting Room - Blue Boar
52 Mill Street
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