Gareth Chambers: The Revenge of Popperface

In The Revenge of Popperface, the shadow-self or alter ego of artist Gareth Chambers invites audiences to bear witness to the real-time crafting of personal mythologies, through dance, mixed martial arts and boxing practices.

Popperface returns from the dead, leaning into their namesake as the puffed-up, blue-lipped embodiment of excessive amyl nitrate (poppers) consumption. For this new 45-minute performance, the occult and operatic throb together, working towards a subterranean crescendo, while bathed in the stretched song of French disco pioneer (and muse of Salvador Dali), Amanda Lear.

An experimental exploration of the masculine drawing on research and development undertaken throughout Hull, Nottingham and in lockdown, crystallised for audiences at Chapter Arts Centre and presented with the support of Arts Council Wales.

Gareth was a Jerwood associate director for Welsh National Opera and made his film directional debut with The Mystery of Evil an opera horror film featuring the score of Richard Strauss’ Salome. His work has been shown throughout the UK, Australia and Germany.


Sep 14 2023


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm




Chapter Arts Centre


Chapter Arts Centre