Reviews of "The Secret Life of Francis Bacon" at Summerhall [Edinburgh] 2015, Pentameters Theatre 2016 & Vout-O-Reene's 2016/2017, and Montenegro Podgorica 2018:


"This show was absolutely incredible. I came out of the theatre absolutely blown away by Roost's performance. His craft onstage is absolutely electric to behold. His deft and colourful mastery of text is such a riveting experience." - Charlie Hendren - Summerhall 2015


"It’s a raw, restless 60-minute penetration that jabs at and turns over the human condition in the same way that Bacon explained of his work" - David Knight Summerhall 2015



11th June - 2016


"you reincarnated him (Bacon)... in the top 5 of my theatrical experiences..." ****


11th May - 2016


"It was Francis!" Maggi Skawinski (Close friend of Bacon)


11th May - 2016


"Tour de force... Superb" *****





"Roost was born to play this part." ****




Rated : *****

It's a tall order to perform for over one hour and get over the important episodes the formed Francis Bacon. Quite sympathetic and perhaps offers some explanation behind his craft that eventually made him world famous. It's interesting because this is now recent history, . A brave piece of writing that explores the context. Garry Roost delivers a powerful and accomplished performance. Fun going to the Pentameters Theatre. The boozer below has great beer selection from the Camden Brewery and excellent sausage rolls. (Move over Royal Court)




Rated : ****

Another wonderful evening at the friendliest eccentric theatre in London. A really interesting and well performed show written and staring Garry Roost. A wonderful incite into the life of Francis Bacon, I sure learnt a lot. Highly recommended.



   Rated : *****

It's a fantastic play about the life and loves of Francis Bacon. Just an hour long and a one man play, it really cuts to the heart of what made this weird genius tick, and a lot of it ain't pretty. Well worth the hike out to Hampstead.



   Rated : *****

Mesmerizing. I hardly dared blink in case I missed something! Engaging & wonderfully well acted.



   Rated : *****

Superb show making Francis Bacon come alive! Excellent text, staging , acting. Every show at the theatre is hand picked, and this one was no exception



   Rated : *****

Emotionally charged, provocative and skillfull performance that will keep you on the edge of your seat.



   Rated : *****

A tour de force one man show. Garry Roost is witty, intense and simply mesmerising as Francis Bacon. At 60 minutes the play moves at a real pace. Thank you Garry, thank you Leonie. Miss it at your peril!


Rated : *****

Thank you so much AC and Pentameters ! Leonie and her theatre are London treasures! Garry Roost was great as Bacon , people he knew and even turned his face into Bacon' s paintings. He fitted so much about Francis Bacon's life into an hour. I shall go back to Pentameters and so will this show , next April.



Rated : *****

Superb acting, meaningful play, interesting set and delightful theatre space. Having arrived early I was lucky enough to get the best seats in the house: front row on a sofa! I'd read about Leonie and she's truly inspirational. How wonderful to meet a woman so welcoming and so passionate about theatre. Her team was equally great. Thank you all and thank you A.C. I saw the penultimate performance but I believe it will return in the spring. Excellent.



Rated : ****

Sensational performance; a must for anyone into the "dark side".

Anonymous   3-Dec-2015


Rated : *****

A real tour de force solo performance, fast paced and gives a convincing insight of Francis Bacon,the man and artist. The very colourful life of Bacon provides an ideal basis for this sort of treatment. That said, though the pace was riveting, there were episodes where a longer treatment would have been welcome (where I wanting to know a bit more of the story). Not to be missed. And the theatre space is delight.



Rated : ****

First visit to this theatre and will certainly try to return - a very warm welcome from the founder Leonie and the production was a tour de force. Knew of a fair bit about Bacon but Garry Roost's play and performance was revealing, energetic and insightful. Simply staged, you were drawn into the many sights, sounds and events that made up this troubled artist's life - covering the emotions and challenging the mores of his time. Go if you can.

Pope Head low res 4

"The modern shakespeare..." Ahmet Erman Karagoz Cypriot Artist - Royal Palace Performance - Montenegro 17th Sept 2018

"Amazing performance..the new pinnnicle...." - Daria Babich Artist Ukraine -Royal Palace - Montenegro

"Numero uno actor !" - Jose Viasgranados Performance artist Barcelona - Royal Place - Montenegro

"Great sensitivity..." Simone Noseda Artist Verona, Itlay - Royal Palace - Montenegro

"A great performance..." Irfan Hozo Master artist Bosnia & Herzegovina- Royal Palace- Montenegro

"The performance had a great impact upon me..." - Milos Miki Popvic Artist Serbia/ Montenegro - Royal Palace- Montenegro

"Your performance was perfect this evening..." Italian Ambassador 432 HZ Trio Milano performance-KIC Budo Tomovic Podgorica 22nd Sept 2018 


"Very strong show.. glad you came!" - DaMir Murseljevic Photographer, artist, DJ Montenegro - Royal Palace Montenegro


" You could be great film actor too..great performance.." - Mehriban Efendi Artist, Cinematography, Costume design - Azerbaijan - Royal Palace Montenegro


"Perfect performance..." - D Srimali Chandrasena Artist, Sculpture, Design - Sri Lanka - Royal Palce Montenegro


" We LOVE you, thank you..." - Valerie Braud Sculpture Paris, France - Royal Palace Montenegro


"Perfect performance.." - Faten Khalil Artist Lebanon - Royal Palace Montenegro - KIC Budo Tomovic Podgorica


"Wonderful performance !" Batul  Bayik Kurt Potter Sculpture Turkey - Royal Palace Montenegro