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Secret location for shows Secret Life of Francis Bacon

● Garry Roost (Francis Bacon) Photo: John Barrett ■ Popehead: The Secret Life of Francis Bacon is being presented from September 14-19 at Hare Hole (Hares and Hyenas) in Fitzroy. Written and performed by Garry Roost and directed by Paul Garnault, Pope Head: The Secret Life of Francis Bacon 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. invited to Summerhall Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. The Francis Bacon Estate has endorsed the play with high praise at Wandsworth Fringe May 2015. 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. The show also played to a sellout performance at Gest Gothenburg English Studio Theatre, Sweden in May this year. Bacon famously proclaimed: “Life, an age to the miserable and a moment to the happy.” Performance Dates: September 14 -19 at 7 pm, (60 min) Venue: Hare Hole [Hares and Hyenas] 63 Johnston St, Fitzroy Tickets: Full: $25 Concession: $15 Bookings: visit or call 9660 9666 - Cheryl Threadgold

Grace The Musical

● Michelle Pearson ■ Australia’s singing cook, Michelle Pearson, enjoyed a sellout season of her Comfort Food Cabaret at the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival and is bringing her travelling kitchen to Melbourne from Friday, September 15 to Sunday, September 17 at a secret Southbank penthouse. Ticketholders will be advised of the address prior to their chosen performance Food and music lovers will be treated to a delicious threecourse meal and award-winning matching wines while being serenaded by the soulful songstress as she cooks for the audience. Comfort Food Cabaret received widespread critical acclaim in its debut season in February and was hugely popular with Adelaide Fringe audiences. Michelle and her well-fed musicians performed to over 900 people at the iconic Adelaide Central Market where audiences enjoyed Pearson’s singing, her welcoming hospitality, heartwarming and hilarious stories and a selection of Michelle’s favourite comfort food. Think grilled haloumi and peaches, slow-cooked pork and tomato sugo with ingredients crowdsourced from Italian neighbourhoods across South Australia, and a sticky date pudding inspired by tales of romance and human connection. Michelle will be joined in Melbourne byAaron Nash on keys, who will perform the perfect playlist to accompany this taste of South Australia, with songs from artists as diverse as Ella Fitzgerald to Katy Perry and Cold Chisel reflecting the role food and the culture of cooking has played in Michelle’s childhood, romantic encounters, family and friendships. During each performance, audience members will learn how to make recipes and will enjoy a three-course meal of seasonal comfort food matched with Fox Creek wines, beer or non-alcoholic beverages, and will be entertained with song and dinner party conversation. Season Dates: September 15-17 at 7.30pm, 6pm performance on Sunday, September 17. Venue: secret Southbank penthouse, ticketholders will be advised of the address prior to their chosen performance Duration: 130 minutes Tickets: - Cheryl Threadgold

Media Flashes

■ The ABC has announced the launch of ABC Weather, a new initiative that will explore weather phenomena across Australia and their effects on people and the environment. ■ Felicity Hetherington has been appointed Deputy Editor at Daily Mail Australia. ■ Nick Etchells has joined Ten Eyewitness News Melbourne as a Freelance Reporter.

● Laeticia Garrett (left), Leah Felsbourg, Sophia Cookson, Felix Gould in Grace the Musical. ■ A talented group of secondary students enjoyed the rare opportunity to create history by performing a new Australian musical written especially for them. Huntingtower School presented Grace the Musical about a teenage singer who writes and performs her own songs and dreams about being on the world stage, but is scared to perform outside of her own bedroom or on an obscure YouTube channel. The musical charts the progress of a recognisable Australian teen, Grace, and her friends and foes at school, and how she eventually emerges from her cocoon of shyness to break out and triumph, sharing her musical talent with the outside world. The show was directed by Huntingtower School Drama Co-Ordinator Daniel Borbely, who also wrote the book, music and lyrics, with arrangements by Angel P. Y. Wong and Kate Gould. Leah Felsbourg starred in the lead role of Grace, and the principals also includef Sophia Cookson as Sarah, Laeticia Garrett as Kayla, Felix Gould as Sam and Emmanuel Papastamatisas as Sebastian, with a chorus of Huntingtower Senior School students. - Julie Houghton

Make ‘Em Laugh

● Mikey Halcrow in Make ‘Em Laugh – the Untold Donald O’Connor Story. ■ I don’t know how old I was when I first saw Donald O’Connor’s Make ‘em laugh in Singing in the Rain, but I do remember what I felt when I did. It was the moment I fell in love with ‘Don’. Gene Kelly was obviously brilliant, but for me he couldn’t match it with O’Connor, whose easy style and infectious smile had me from the first tap and twinkle. So I grabbed a fellow Donald fan, and we headed off to The Butterfly Club to watch Mikey Halcrow and Jens Radda, ably directed by Nick Eynaud, pay tribute to the man. While an hour is nowhere near long enough to cover O’Connor’s accomplishments, Halcrow and Radda gave energetic and committed performances to tell the story of his prolific but underestimated career. To Page 39

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