Waiting for Bacon
‘Waiting for Bacon’, a play by the writer Danae Brook on the life and outrageous times of the painter Francis Bacon will be performed here at the The Minories Galleries on 16th & 17th December at 7:30pm. Bacon and his friends the artists Dickie Chopping and Dennis Wirth Miller, members of the Colchester Art Society, exhibited at The Minories throughout their working life. Bacon bought a house in Wivenhoe near Colchester after being drawn in by the light and its reflection on the water there and it became one of his favourite places in the world to paint & create.
The play tells the story of how Francis, invited to Paris in 1972 for the first major retrospective of his work, at the Grand Palais, took his lover and favourite model, George Dyer, to stay in a small hotel on the Left Bank. Accompanied by Sonia Orwell, the couple began drinking on the train to Paris and continued through the night. But while the painter was being feted George Dyer, whose image dominated the exhibition, was left behind in the hotel to brood on the treacherous disloyalty of his lover. The evening of triumph turned to tragedy.