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

Fenella Fielding rose to prominence in the 1950s, appearing in two Carry On films and an impressive number of stage productions, radio and television appearances. Her memoir Do You Mind if I Smoke? was published on the eve of her 90th birthday in November 2017, and she received an OBE for services to drama and charity in June 2018 - She continued to support aod until her death in September 2018.

We had the pleasure of working with Fenella on a number of projects including Savage Beauty at the Other Palace and The Sweetness of Honey CD. The name Fenella Fielding is synonymous with wit, glamour and sophistication, whilst her uniquely seductive vocal skills make hers one of the most recognisable voices in show business. We miss Fenella dearly - her candour, generosity, passion and kindness - and her spirit lives on in our hearts.

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  • Simon Russell Beale is without a doubt one of the most critically acclaimed talents in British theatre. He is an associate of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Almeida Theatre, and in 2003 was awarded a CBE for his services to drama. 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. In 2013 he won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Falstaff in the BBC's The Hollow Crown. Recent stage credits include The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre and Richard II at the Almeida Theatre.
  • Professor Bettany Hughes is an award winning English historian, author and broadcaster. Her speciality is 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. Bettany is an honorary, founding patron of Classics For All and a long-standing patron and supporter of The Iris Project. She is vice president of the Churches Conservation Trust and of the National Churches Trust.

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  • Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster and has spoken on the modern relevance of the classical world on three continents, from Cambridge to Chicago to Auckland. She writes for the Guardian and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 where four series of her show, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics, have been broadcast. Natalie's first novel, The Amber Fury, was published to great acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, as was The Ancient Guide to Modern Life, her previous book. Her second novel, The Children of Jocasta, was published in 2017. Her retelling of the Trojan War, A Thousand Ships, will be published in May 2019.

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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)

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  • 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! ...