‘Pope Head’ (The Secret Life of Francis Bacon)

Event Type:

Friday Event


GFT, Rose Street


17 Oct 2014
11:00 -



Pope Head
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‘Pope Head’ (The Secret Life of Francis Bacon)

Event info

SoFA Friday Event
‘Pope Head’ (The Secret Life of Francis Bacon)
GFT, 17 October 2014

*Please note that as this is a performance, we expect you to be seated by 11am, as no one will be admitted to the theatre beyond that time.

A solo show of the life, the philosophy and inner most truth of the artist Francis Bacon. Beaten by his Father’s henchmen and banished from the family home after he was caught wearing his Mother’s stockings. We follow the struggle of the young artist who eventually finds that success and tragedy go hand in hand when you are determined to live life to the full. 

Having premiered to much critical acclaim at the Edinburgh International Arts Festival 2014, ‘Pope Head’ is a one-man play performed by actor Gary Roost’

"I think of life as meaningless, yet it excites me. I Think each day something marvelous is about to happen."

"Champagne for my real friends. Real pain for my sham friends."[Francis Bacon]

Written and performed by  Garry Roost (Black Books, The Day Today)

"Think Michael Sheen, not Rory Bremner...Brilliantly crafted!"
FringeReview ****

"Roost is a superb character actor, one of the most inspired at the Fringe." FringeReview ****

"So Brilliant. It sent shivers down my spine." Malgosia Skawinski Friend of Bacon

"Very unique & truthful." Clare Shenstone Friend of Bacon

Music by Matthew Williams & Eddie Gray 

Garry Roost is an English actor who played Alan Daniels in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 2008. He has also appeared in episodes of The Bill, Doctors and London's Burning, amongst others. Roost's theatre credits include: Short of Mutiny, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Citizens Theatre Glasgow, Birmingham Rep, Hull Truck, Arts Theatre London, West Yorkshire Playhouse. Roost also received much critical acclaim as Jimmy in his solo show How's About That Then? performed in Edinburgh 2012 at The Gilded Balloon.