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28 January 2013

Sappho's fragmented past comes together at White Rabbit

A ONE woman play about one of history’s most enigmatic characters, Sappho... in nine fragments, explores the missing gaps in the ancient Greek poet’s life.

Played by the bewitching Victoria Grove, with strong direction by Jessica Ruano, the story interweaves fragments from Sappho’s patchy past with a modern love story.

Set in a small, intense space in the basement of the White Rabbit cocktail bar, no area of Ana Ines Jabares’ stark set design is left unexplored. Both an emotional and physical work out for Victoria, she swings her way around the backdrop of erected scaffolding, leaving the audience in no question over the frustation about the gaps in her past – and history’s often mysogonistic interpretation of it. As she so eloquently puts it: “Others are so keen to put their words in my mouth – I am found and lost a thousand times.”

By the end of this slick 70-minute production, we are still left debating whether Sappho was a lesbian or wife, teacher or dissident, aristocrat or whore – while are desperate to find out more.

Until 3 February. For more info, visit: www.secondskintheatre.com

 

Victoria Grove plays the title role in Sappho in nine fragments

Victoria Grove plays the title role in Sappho in nine fragments

Victoria Grove plays the title role in Sappho in nine fragments

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