Bacon – Pip Utton 5***** - One4Review
one4review | On 11, Aug 2021
This year’s fringe is blessed with another stand out performance by Pip Utton. On a sunny afternoon in the Pleasance Rear Courtyard venue, Pip enthralled his audience with his fascinating portrayal of Francis Bacon. As the audience arrived at the Pleasance Rear Courtyard stage, Pip’s alter ego Francis Bacon was already on stage preening himself and drinking champagne. From the moment the action began the audience was left in no doubt that Francis was not there to pass a pleasant and cosy 50 minutes. Instead, with fruity language and bawdy stories, he gave brief insights into his deliciously shocking life, with sexual encounters with grooms at his father’s farm, escapades in Europe and tales of evenings spent at Muriel’s Colonial Rooms. Life, love, disappointment, pain and tragedy are what fed his work and the audience is exhorted to ignore the critics and think for themselves when looking at his art. It is after all, his life that is there within the frame and critics have no real inkling of what life experiences he has used when creating his artwork. Francis Bacon wanted his art to shock and challenge and this performance really exemplified his raison d’etre. At the end of the show Pip expressed his delight at being back in Edinburgh and I am thrilled to confirm that he has lost none of his magic on the stage.
Reviewed by Rona
Until 13th August