Pope Head

Pope Head returns to city

ENGLISH actor Garry Roost didn’t realise what a hit he had developed when he put together his one-man show, Pope Head: The Secret Life of Francis Bacon, in 2014.

The look at the life of controversial 20th century British artist Francis Bacon has been performed at two Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, has toured the UK and Australia, and was chosen last December to play at the opening night of a Francis Bacon exhibition in a modern art museum in Croatia’s Dubrovnik.

Pope Head, which played at Newcastle’s Royal Exchange in 2015, is returning to Newcastle on September 29 and 30, after a week of shows at this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Roost will perform excerpts at Newcastle Art Gallery between 5pm and 8pm on Friday, September 29, as part of the gallery’s monthly late-night closing.

And the complete one-hour show will be staged at 7.30pm on Saturday, September 30, at the Creator Incubator art gallery and workshop space at 15A/50 Clyde Street, Hamilton North (the former Newcastle Lampworks site).

The show will be followed by a Q and A with Roost.

 Tickets, $25, can be bought through trybooking.com or at the door.

The entry road to the site is adjacent to the Lampworks Diner and has a sign pointing to the gallery.

The show’s title refers to one of Bacon’s most contentious paintings, and it looks at experiences that influenced his art work, such as serving as an air raids warden in London in World War II.