Author(s): Wendy Beckett Company: Pascal Productions

Fusing ancient poetry with modern music, Greek chorus with circus and contemporary dance, Sappho is an adult fairy tale of mythic proportions that may—or may not—have happened.

We are somewhere between imagination and 6th century BC on the Greek island of Lesbos. Poetess Sappho creates worlds out of her words: rewriting the rules of both her art form and her gender. Socrates calls her work beautiful, Plato describes her as the tenth Muse, and many think her work rivals even Homer's Iliad.

Sappho has fallen in love with a woman but her family and a civilisation on the precipice of democracy have other ideas for her. The defiantly spirited Sappho comes under fire, and soon she must decide whether to marry a man for the advancement of her society, or remain true to her own words—and her authentic self.


Venue: Southwark Playhouse Elephant, London Dates:

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