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Fenella Fielding recording for aod's Sweetness of Honey CD (Sappho poetry with music and spoken word)

  • Fenella Fielding’s career began in the 1950s and is still going strong with theatre bookings and TV appearances. The name Fenella Fielding is synonymous with wit, glamour and sophistication, whilst her uniquely seductive vocal skills make hers one of the most instantly recognisable voices in show business.
  • Simon Russell Beale is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed talents in British theatre. Simon is an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, an Associate of the National Theatre and Almeida Theatre, and in 2003 was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to the Arts. He is an Honorary Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge and of the British Institute of Psychoanalysis. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Warwick University, City University, London and the Open University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Dr. Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, who has devoted the last 25 years to the vibrant communication of the past. Her speciality is ancient and mediaeval history and culture. A scholar at Oxford University, she has taught at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and lectured at Cornell, Bristol, UCL, Maastricht, Utrecht and Manchester. She is a Tutor for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education and a Research Fellow of King’s College London.
  • Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster. She appears on BBC Radio 4 as a presenter of documentaries and she is a reviewer of books, films, plays, television and art on Saturday Review and Front Row. Natalie was also a stand-up comedian for 12 years, and was the first woman ever to be nominated for the prestigious Perrier Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She retired in 2009 to spend more time writing. She is the author of The Ancient Guide to Modern Life and The Amber Fury.

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  • Bacchae is an exploration of the charisma and potential cruelty of power. Tamsin Shasha stars in David Stuttard's translation with classical theatre specialists Actors of Dionysus. Bring a picnic and enjoy... Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and how to book tickets

  • Helen is currently on road for a limited season only 10th - 19th May. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and how to book tickets)

  • Lysistrata is currently on road for a limited season only 22 Feb - 24th March. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and how to book tickets)

  • On June 23rd aod appeared at Bradfield College for their inaugural Arts Festival...

  • After a fantastic night at Spruce Wood Kingston on July 4th we have been invited to perform the play at Allington Castle on Sunday 27th September. For more details click here.

  • 2014 sees aod celebrate its 21st birthday. For this occasion we have produced a special anniversary brochure detailing aodProductions, aodEducation and aodEvents..

  • On Sat 12th July aod held a small launch of their new Sappho CD The Sweetness of Honey at a private house in London.  The evening was  a great success and there was much enjoyment to be had.  To view pics of the event please click here...

  • We are delighted and grateful to have received funding from The Arts Council England toward our forthcoming research and development project, Helen. The funding will enable us to explore the potential of Helen, and continue our development toward new artistic territory...

  • Bettany Hughes in discussion with David Stuttard on the subject of Medea and C5th BC Women as broadcast at Rose Theatre Kingston as part of aod’s run with Medea from 12th – 15th Nov 2013

  • This Autumn (Nov 11-15th) aod return to the Rose Theatre Kingston with a new production of Euripides’ masterpiece of sexual jealousy and revenge, Medea...

  • On 18th November 2010 Tamsin was interviewed by BBC Radio Leeds presenter, Andrew Edwards. This was to coincide with the company’s sell-out performance of Lysistrata at Square Chapel in Halifax. After a shaky start the interview became very entertaining indeed…

  • Yes – very nigh. The nigh is now – tonight in fact. The last performance of aod’s Autumn tour of Lysistrata will be performed tonight at The Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead. To all of those attending tonight, and indeed any other nights you may have attended – I hope the evening is, and was, hugely enjoyable...

  • Well the rumours are true, it’s official – Lysistrata is sold out in London! But luckily we have  added a matinee so all of you late-comers still have a chance to get tickets....

  • Lysistrata is well and truly out there. The tour has been all over the country and has been shown to many a full house. From the Buxton Opera House, to the Jersey Arts Centre, Norwich Playhouse and the Borough Theatre in Abergavenny to name but a few...

  • A few weeks ago (that’s how up to date I am with blogs!) a researcher from Radio 4’s Today programme enquired as to whether aod would be interested in recording a short piece about the Economic Crisis in Greece – all roads led to us she said! ...