Sappho…in 9 Fragments
the Space @ Venue 45
7.15pm (run ends 10th Aug) Review by Carrie Gooch
This was stunningly good. Sappho …in 9 Fragments is about the famous mysterious Greek lyric poet from the island of Lesbos 600 BC. The play by Jane Montgomery Griffiths explores Sappho’s experience at that time, her treatment at the hands of historians over time, and the suppression and perversion of her story, and woven through the narrative is a modern day Sapphic romance with a chorus girl named Atthis…
The athletically supple and beautiful Victoria Grove as Sappho gives a compelling and brilliant performance, whether locking eyes with the audience, capturing the erotic passion of first love, or tying herself up and hanging upside down from the set of scaffold, muslin drapes and thick rope. The result is a performance of great intimacy and yet powerful. The words dance around, from the ancient past, to current times, in less deft hands it would be dreadfully disjointed, but instead pulls us in ever closer.
This is a must see if you possibly can, but with such a short run you will need to book in fast.