Second Skin Theatre commences the year with a powerful play that invokes a modern twist on a once forgetten legend. Sappho... in 9 fragments, written by Australian/British playwright Jane Montgomery Griffiths, is a politically-charged and inspirational work about Ancient Greece's first love poet intertwined with a fearlessly romantic modern-day affair.
Directed by Jessica Ruano, this new production features the "mesmerising" Victoria Grove (WhatsOnStage), following her seamless and sensual performance in Second Skin Theatre's award-winning La Chunga by Mario Vargas Llosa.
While Sappho today is acknowledged as one of the most influential poets of her time, her work consists only of fragments that reveal little regarding her life, her passions and her lustful entanglements. The production's staging captures the elusivity of Sappho's work by literally suspending the actor just out of reach - as the poet's work has been since 600BC.
CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST
Director . Jessica Ruano
Sappho/Atthis . Victoria Grove
Designer . Ana Ines Jabares
Lighting Designer . Sarah Crocker
Sound Designer . Luca Romagnoli
Stage Manager . Melissa Lust
"Sappho: aristocrat, iconoclast, dissident, exile, rampant hetero, raging queer, top, bottom, butch, femme, lesbian pin-up, Christian tear-up, Romans' reference, Egyptian's refuse, empty vessel, imaginative void, gap, void, gap, dot, dot, dot, space, brackets, dot, more space, more dots, more brackets..."
Sappho...in 9 fragments by Jane Montgomery Griffiths plays from the 16th to 27th January, 2013 at the White Rabbit Theatre, 125 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0UH. Wednesday to Saturday evenings at 7:30pm (Sat. Jan. 26 at 2:30pm) and Sundays at 2:30pm (Sun. Jan 27 at 7:30pm). Advance tickets: £10 at eventbrite.co.uk.