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Here’s another bumper update from aod HQ, with July and August offerings to whet your whistle:

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The Big Give Christmas Challenge

Thank you so much to everyone who pledged to our campaign - We are delighted to announce that we reached our pledge goal of £1795. We now hope to be selected by a match funder who will match this amount, meaning that we can raise even more money for aodEducation when the campaign goes live in December.

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Workshops and education

We've enjoyed a flurry of workshop bookings since schools returned last week - Don’t forget to book our 2-hour workshops or longer Classics Days before they sell out!

We are still giving away our Greek drama workshops, and have a few left in Southwark - If you are a teacher based in Southwark, email mark@actorsofdionysus.com to take advantage of this free offer.

Why not celebrate being back at school by purchasing our DVDs and educational resources - We sell DVDs from our productions of Antigone, Lysistrata, Medea and Oedipus, as well as books, audio CDs and essays. Take a look at our shop - http://www.actorsofdionysus.com/shop

We are currently working on a couple of exciting educational initiatives for 2020, and look forward to sharing more news soon!

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What Charity competition

We recently won a year's premium membership to WhatCharity, a great new online platform which helps charities to find vital support, whether that be financial,
voluntary or by way of equipment. WhatCharity connects charities and philanthropists in the hope of nurturing new partnerships, which is fab.

We were featured in their recent blog which went out to thousands of supporters, meaning lots of publicity for aod: https://goodreads.whatcharity.com/announcing-our-latest-competition-winner/

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Join us

There are many ways to become involved in aod and our work, and we are always happy to welcome new friends and supporters -

Become a Fod, Pod, Bod or God - Our annual supporters scheme offers a host of exciting rewards.

Become a trustee - Our board of trustees provide us with expert guidance and support across all areas of the charity.

Join our inner circle - Our inner circle of supporters share a vision for aod’s future and work closely with the artistic director and board of trustees toward a strategic policy of expansion, sustainability and longevity.

As a charity with no regular public funding, we rely on our supporters who help us to create exciting work which keeps Ancient Greek drama alive and accessible for modern audiences. If you would like to find out more about the work of the charity and think that you have the right qualities to join us, then please get in touch.

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Performances from our friends

Everything I See I Swallow

Our Artistic Director Tamsin and her co-performer Maisy enjoyed great success in Edinburgh with their aerial theatre show Everything I See I Swallow, which won 2 awards - The Scotsman’s prestigious Fringe First, and Broadway World's best circus/physical show. They are about to embark on an autumn tour, firstly visiting The Lowry, Square Chapel Arts Centre and Harlow Playhouse in September.

For more information about the show, and for tour dates, see their website at https://shashaandtaylor.wixsite.com/swallow/national-tour

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Extraordinary Wall of Silence

Our friends at Ad Infinitum are premiering their new work in October:

Three coming-of-age stories, united in a struggle against violence, ignorance and oppression.

Helen, Alan, and Graham are told they are impaired and need fixing. Connecting through a shared past they are transported to one pivotal moment in 1880 when a dangerous ideology was born: one that would impair the way the world views Deaf people for over a century.

Ad Infinitum combines the company's signature style of physical storytelling with the beauty of British Sign Language in an unmissable feast for the senses.

Extraordinary Wall of Silence is a bilingual performance in BSL and English. The show will run for two weeks from 5th - 19th October at Bristol Old Vic.

For more information follow this link - https://bristololdvic.org.uk/whats-on/extraordinary-wall-of-silence

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This is a bumper update from aod HQ this month, with May and June offerings to whet your whistle!

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Workshops

Please SPREAD THE WORD about our educational workshops, which offer Key Stage 4 and 5 students high quality, fun and practical support in the field of Ancient Greek drama. Workshops are tailor-made to suit individual groups and are available to book across the country. We work with most Greek texts. Please contact mark@actorsofdionysus.com for more details.

Don’t take our word for it, here is a testimonial about Mark’s recent workshop at Southam College on the 26th June:

 

"I could not recommend this workshop enough. Mark was enthusiastic and full of energy, motivating the students, while simultaneously scaffolding his approach to different students who needed varying degrees of care and support. He challenged them to push themselves but none of the students felt as though they were singled out or put on the spot.

His knowledge of Greek Theatre, the context at the time and the original performance conditions were fantastic. He ensured that he had familiarised himself with the specification we are studying so that he could better prepare himself and fully support our students. He knew the nature of the questions on the written papers and tailored his workshop to that focus. This was extremely beneficial to our students, who have struggled in the past connecting their own work to the original performances.

Mark was personable and charismatic, drawing the students in and creating an atmosphere of energy and enthusiasm. It was a pleasure to watch him work and all of our students were gushing afterwards at how much they had learnt and how much they had enjoyed it."

Jessica Ferguson

 

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The Big Give

We are taking part in the 2019 Christmas Challenge, to raise funds for our free workshops. We are now asking for very kind pledgers to help us to reach our pledge goal of £1795. You have until the 30th of August to make a pledge online, and you can do that here. If you don’t already know about The Christmas Challenge, you can find out more about the campaign here.

 

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Funding

We've just received £1000 from the Newcomen Collett Foundation to run a further 5 free workshops in Southwark, which is a fantastic result and we can’t wait to get started in the autumn term!

We are busy applying for funding to expand our outreach work - Plans include developing a series of drama and myth workshops for primary schools and developing our work with community groups and volunteers in Brighton. Watch this space for exciting developments!

 

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Honorary Patron

We are excited to announce that Jane Asher has become an honorary patron of ours. Jane worked with aod on our fundraising event at the Reform Club in 2012, and we are really pleased to welcome her back to the fold. Jane is a well known public figure with an extensive acting CV and her affiliation with aod is fantastic. Jane joins our honorary patrons Sir Simon Russell Beale, Natalie Haynes and Bettany Hughes.

 

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Join Us


There are many ways to become involved in aod and our work, and we are always happy to welcome friends and supporters -

Become a Fod, Pod, Bod or God - Our annual supporters' scheme offers a host of exciting rewards for supporters.

Become a trustee - Our board of trustees provide us with expert guidance and support across all areas of the charity.

Join our inner circle - Our inner circle of supporters share a vision for aod’s future and work closely with the artistic director and board of trustees toward a strategic policy of expansion, sustainability and longevity.

As a charity with no regular public funding, we rely on our supporters who help us to create exciting work which keeps Ancient Greek drama alive and accessible. If you would like to find out more about the work of the charity and think that you have the right qualities to join us, then please get in touch.

 


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From Our Friends

You can catch our artistic director Tamsin’s aerial show Everything I See I Swallow at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Summerhall, 3-25th August) before it embarks on a short autumn tour. For more details and to book tickets, visit the website here.

 

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Last Rehearsal
Supported by the British Council
Selected by English Touring Theatre

The Warren: The Blockhouse
Brighton Fringe Festival

Thurs 23, Fri 24, Sat 25 May
6:15pm

The actors arrive at the theatre to discover that their director has abandoned the play. So what now? Should they just forget about the play after all their hard work? Or should they stay calm and carry on? An explosive debate erupts among them. Will this crisis destroy their faith in art, or is this dangerous confrontation, in itself, their best work yet?

The Last Company are an ensemble of Latin American and
British artists.

Vibrant theatre which confronts us with ourselves!

 

Buy Tickets

 

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Here’s a short April update about all things aod.


Funding
Megan and Mark have been cracking on with a range of funding applications, to continue our free workshop project or to test and grow new approaches to aodEducation and our community work.

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We are nearing the end of our current free workshop quota. Thank you to Mark and Will for their consistently energetic and inspiring work - Mark is soon heading to Wandsworth for an Antigone workshop with Year 13 students, which will help with exam prep.

Don’t forget our tailor made workshops and Classics Days, which are available to book all year round - For more info go to our aodEducation page.

 

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Megan and Tamsin met with a couple of Brighton based gardening groups (Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Friends of Queens Park) to chat about our plans for Savage Beauty in 2020 - We look forward to continuing conversations as the project develops.


Stay tuned for a May update!

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Here’s a March update, brought to you by aod HQ.

New website

We have almost finished edits for the new aod website, which we will be launching soon. We look forward to bringing you an updated production archive and a new look. Thanks to Drone Major Group for supporting us with this project.

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Mark at Turing House School, March 2019

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Mark has been busy running lots of free workshops for aod. Here is some recent feedback which is really encouraging and makes us so happy to be able to run the project.

"Absolutely fantastic. Mark was really engaging, knowledgeable and encouraging – he was just perfect. It has really enhanced their study of the play and I am so appreciative. I hope that we can work with you again."

Judith Parker, Sacred Heart High School

We are applying for funding to continue the project into autumn 2019, so watch this space for more workshops coming your way!

Can’t wait until autumn?!

Don’t forget our Classics Days, which are now available to book - For more info go to our Classics Days page.


2020

We are busy working on an exciting proposal for the 2020 Brighton Fringe, which fuses modern takes on ancient myths with a community choir and gardening workshops, to create a special production which connects communities in Brighton with epic stories in an outdoor environment.

Also for 2020, we are planning an autumn re-mount of our dystopian Antigone, which toured nationally in 2017. Watch the trailer

 

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Watch this space for more announcements!

“Actors of Dionysus' crisp new production cleverly maintains the heart and soul of Sophocles’ tragedy, whilst bringing it an exciting, relevant edge.”

Charlotte Wallis, Cue Charlotte
Read the full review here


Stay tuned for our April update, coming soon.

 

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