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Note: Written and performed by Jane Montgomery Griffiths.
Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 Sappho... in Nine Fragments
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'2700 years ago, Sappho is the world's first love poet, the tenth muse of the ancient Greeks, and the inspiration for every lovelorn writer and songster since.

'But as the centuries have passed with the coming and goings of hundreds of libidinous handymen restoring her buttresses, history has caught up with Sappho. Her tale has become a gap in time for new generations to pour their needs and desires, but what is the truth behind her own story? Placed alongside a modern love story of sensuality, sexual awakening and broken-hearts, Sappho... in 9 Fragments exposes the timeless undoing of love.' (From the publisher's website.)

Production Details

  • A new staging by Marion Potts at the Beckett Theatre, The Malthouse, Melbourne, 30 Jult - 21 August 2010.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2010
    • Strawberry Hills, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press , 2010 .
      Extent: 1v.p.
      ISBN: 9780868198866 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Jane Montgomery Griffiths’ Theatrical Poetics Autumn Royal , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Writers in Conversation , February vol. 1 no. 1 2014;

As scholar of the Classics and drama studies, Jane Montgomery Griffiths has devoted much of her artistic practice to interpreting the voices of women who have either been censored or misinterpreted throughout history. Montgomery Griffiths has been celebrated for her writing of, and solo performances in, productions such as Razing Hypatia and Sappho in 9 Fragments. With her experience of theatrically exploring female desire, sexuality and intellectual contribution, it is understandable that Montgomery Griffiths was attracted to Dorothy Porter’s verse novel Wild Surmise written in the Sapphic tradition with lyrics mediating on desire, exploration and loss.

'In the program notes to the production of Wild Surmise, Montgomery Griffiths writes that the ‘project started with the act of falling in love – falling in love with characters, falling in love with a book, falling in love through the act of reading.’ Love is one of the central themes of Porter’s Wild Surmise and it was carried onto the stage with Montgomery Griffiths’ performance as Alex, an astrobiologist infatuated with discovering life on one of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons, Europa. This moon is both the subject of astrobiological study and the intergalactic symbol of desire for Alex who is gravitating away from her literary academic husband Daniel, played by Humphrey Bower, and into an affair with the astrophysicist Phoebe.

'Directed by Marion Potts and staged at the Malthouse Theatre from 9 November to 2 December 2012, the production of Wild Surmise was culturally significant as it embraced the oral tradition of poetry and allowed for new audiences to be exposed to Porter’s dynamic poetics...' (Publication abstract)

Dead Poetry Cec Busby , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Lesbians on the Loose , July vol. 21 no. 7 2010; (p. 36)

— Review of Sappho... in Nine Fragments Jane Montgomery Griffiths , 2010 single work drama
Ancient Pasion in New Light Alison Croggon , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 6 August 2010; (p. 17)

— Review of Sappho... in Nine Fragments Jane Montgomery Griffiths , 2010 single work drama
Echoes of An Ancient Love Peter Craven , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 29 June 2010; (p. 15)

— Review of Sappho... in Nine Fragments Jane Montgomery Griffiths , 2010 single work drama
Echoes of An Ancient Love Peter Craven , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 29 June 2010; (p. 15)

— Review of Sappho... in Nine Fragments Jane Montgomery Griffiths , 2010 single work drama
Ancient Pasion in New Light Alison Croggon , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 6 August 2010; (p. 17)

— Review of Sappho... in Nine Fragments Jane Montgomery Griffiths , 2010 single work drama
Dead Poetry Cec Busby , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Lesbians on the Loose , July vol. 21 no. 7 2010; (p. 36)

— Review of Sappho... in Nine Fragments Jane Montgomery Griffiths , 2010 single work drama
Jane Montgomery Griffiths’ Theatrical Poetics Autumn Royal , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Writers in Conversation , February vol. 1 no. 1 2014;

As scholar of the Classics and drama studies, Jane Montgomery Griffiths has devoted much of her artistic practice to interpreting the voices of women who have either been censored or misinterpreted throughout history. Montgomery Griffiths has been celebrated for her writing of, and solo performances in, productions such as Razing Hypatia and Sappho in 9 Fragments. With her experience of theatrically exploring female desire, sexuality and intellectual contribution, it is understandable that Montgomery Griffiths was attracted to Dorothy Porter’s verse novel Wild Surmise written in the Sapphic tradition with lyrics mediating on desire, exploration and loss.

'In the program notes to the production of Wild Surmise, Montgomery Griffiths writes that the ‘project started with the act of falling in love – falling in love with characters, falling in love with a book, falling in love through the act of reading.’ Love is one of the central themes of Porter’s Wild Surmise and it was carried onto the stage with Montgomery Griffiths’ performance as Alex, an astrobiologist infatuated with discovering life on one of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons, Europa. This moon is both the subject of astrobiological study and the intergalactic symbol of desire for Alex who is gravitating away from her literary academic husband Daniel, played by Humphrey Bower, and into an affair with the astrophysicist Phoebe.

'Directed by Marion Potts and staged at the Malthouse Theatre from 9 November to 2 December 2012, the production of Wild Surmise was culturally significant as it embraced the oral tradition of poetry and allowed for new audiences to be exposed to Porter’s dynamic poetics...' (Publication abstract)

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