Second Skin Theatre presents ‘Sappho… in 9 fragments’
by Jane Montgomery Griffiths – January 16 to 27, 2013
“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…”
Second Skin Theatre (Artistic Director : Andy McQuade) 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.
Directed by Jessica Ruano, Featuring Victoria Grove
Designed by Ana Ines Jabares, Lighting Designer Sarah Crocker, Sound Designer Luca Romagnoli
White Rabbit Theatre: January 16 to 27, 2013 125 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0UH Wednesday to Sunday evenings at 7:30pm (Sun. Jan 20 & Sat. Jan 26 at 2:30pm)