"Sappho" A Play in Verse by Lawrence Durrell, produced by Terrence Tiller, 1957 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Set in 7th century B.C. Lesbos, the play is a very complex interaction of many characters who each represent different attitudes concerning the nature of the world at large and the role of the individual within that world. Some are proactive; others withdrawn; others self-centered. All have different ideals, and all become victims of real world circumstances that they could not foresee. Most of the play is an intricate, engaging, at times poetic and philosophical, at times passionate dialogue on the dilemma of how to live in an imperfect world. The tragedy is felt when even the noblest attempts fail miserably. The play seems to argue that any kind of idealism is hopeless. It is a very dark view, but elegantly and piercingly supported by the development of the plot and characters
Typescript script pasted in to 2 bound volumes with numerous manuscript annotations giving stage directions, lines being cut, etc. Volume 1 contains pages 1-60 of the script; volume 2 contains pages 61-77. One loose page of notes laid in to volume 1. Note pasted in volume 1 reads: "Jill Balcon took the title role in Terence Tiller's production broadcast in the BBC Third Programme on 25 March 1957." and goes on to describe other stagings of the play.
2 v. : 120, 35 p. (rest blank) ; 36 cm.