Ray of sunlight, draw closer, burn brighter, blaze stronger still.
Penetrate the dawn’s sky and shine forth on seven-gated Thebes.
Dazzle the river Dirce, arrogantly, proudly admiring the reflection of your beauty,
your majesty in its streams.
Casting the messenger, deliverance herself,
striving forth from the plains of Argos in the reflected glory of the skies.
aod are seeking up to 12 actor participants to take part in an exciting pilot training project supported by Arts Council England, exploring ancient Greek tragedy with particular reference to the play Antigone.
Having evidenced a major gap in actor training in working on Greek Classics this project will provide an immersive and accessible experience for performers, offering 10 - 12 FREE places on a 8 day course (split over a period of 8 weeks) culminating in a performance experience at Brighton Fringe at the beginning of June. At this pilot stage we are able to offer this training experience (Valued at £1100 pp) at no cost to participants for free.
We are specifically looking to work with professional performers with no background in Greek theatre, and no real experience of studying classics. Our research shows that those who are state educated or trained outside of the top 6 drama schools are at a disadvantage as Greek Classics are not part of the curriculum.
OUR AIM in this training is to equip actors with a more in-depth knowledge and experience of this great canon of work while providing a benefit in terms of communications skills both within the industry and in the wider world.
12 participants on the pilot course will engage with our practitioners in a series of workshops, tutorials, mentoring sessions and rehearsals. They will work with 4 creative leaders incl a mentored Asst Dir and have exposure to 2 companies (aod and Fitzrovia Chapel). They will develop skills to work creatively with classic text, themes and styles.
We welcome applications from professional performers of all ages and backgrounds.
Applicants must be available for all sessions below and will be asked to provide feedback via anonymous survey at the end of the programme. Please note sessions take place in London and Brighton.
Thursday 20th April (Afternoon time TBC, London) Audition / casting confirmation
Tuesday 2nd or Friday 5th May (1/2 day TBC, London) AOD lead session (ancient Greek drama workshop)
Friday 12th May (AM ½ day, London) Communication in Performance Session
Saturday 20th May (Brighton) Movement in Classics Session / Rehearsal
Sunday 28th May (Brighton) Company Training Rehearsal incorporating chorus workshop
Monday 29th May (Brighton) Company Training Rehearsal
Friday 2nd June (Brighton) Company Training Rehearsal/industry showing
Saturday 3rd June (Brighton) PERFORMANCE
SUNDAY 4th June (Brighton) PERFORMANCE
To apply for a place on this pilot training programme:
- Send your CV to email@example.com by midday, Friday 7th April
- Confirm your availability for all dates.
- Include a ‘tweet length’ thought of the meaning of courage.
- If you use twitter follow @FayeCHughes @aodtheatre with your thoughts on the meaning of courage
- Record the Chorus text at the top of this page, either by audio or video and send with your application
- Recording can be done via mobile phone, web cam or whatever you have
- Please label your video file with your surname followed by your initials
NB The deadline for applications is Friday 7th April
ACTORS OF DIONYSUS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR PROGRAMME
aod is seeking an Assistant Director to help create our new production of ANTIGONE and follow the creative process from its Research and Development in February 2017 through to its national tour in September - November 2017.
aod specialises in new adaptations of ancient Greek Drama in English translation and new writing performances inspired by myth. Our passion is to ensure that this intrinsic part of our dramatic heritage remains accessible to modern audiences both nationally and internationally, in theatres, in schools and beyond.
In keeping with this, aod seeks to make new work that connects with epic stories, creating contemporary performance that combines emotional impact with formal innovation. At the heart of our work is a desire to challenge audience perceptions transforming ancient themes into relevant, urgent and powerful theatre.
We are not looking for applicants with large amounts of experience. The position would suit a recent graduate or young/early-career director with less than one year’s experience in eg. fringe directing or similar. You will not necessarily have trained extensively in directing.
The program provides the assistant director:
- The opportunity to assistant-direct on aod’s new production of Antigone, and watch the production through from its current early stages of research and development to its formal rehearsal and national tour in Autumn 2017.
- A two-week tailored training programme observing day to day running of the theatre, attending planning and management meetings and spending time in departments such as marketing, production and development.
- Hands-on experience of working with the Education and Workshops wing of the company on learning how to deliver a programme of work for schools inspired by the material they have assisted on.
- Mentoring during the placement designed to develop and further your skills.
We are looking for a passionate and self-motivated individual with:
A provable and demonstrable interest in directing and learning more about the development process of a new work or adaptation of a classical text; the ability to be supportive and sensitive in the rehearsal room; a passion for the classical world and the texts of Greek tragedy coupled with an excitement about reimagining these and making them new and comprehensible for audiences today; an interest in understanding how a theatre company operates; a willingness to engage in and assist with the devising element of the initial R&D process (transcribing material, research, assisting with communications between members of the creative team, assisting the writer where necessary, providing the Artistic Director with regular updates; easy access to London.
Any experience or interest in physical theatre, movement and dance is a positive, but not necessary.
We will provide meals, travel, and expenses for the R&D period and accommodation if required. Should you follow the process into the touring stage Sep - Nov, you will be included on the Arts Council bid for the touring stage of the process and your costs and a fee will be offered.
Research and Development period 13th - 24th February 2017
How to apply:
The application will require a CV and a short covering email detailing:
- What the opportunity will mean in terms of your evolution as a theatre-maker.
- Any relevant experience and why you are interested in assisting for aod on a new touring production.
- Please clearly confirm that you are fully available for the relevant dates.
The closing date for applications is noon on Fri 3rd Feb 2017.
A shortlist of candidates will be invited to meet Antigone director Justin Murray and company Artistic Director, Tamsin Shasha in London in the following week.
Please send your application for the attention of Justin Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHE DENIED NOTHING
As war escalates the Theban military take over the chapel, forcing its lay preachers to increase their productivity and administer burial rights with military precision. Once a place of sanctuary and spirituality, the chapel becomes an extension of the war zone where tradition is compromised to ensure efficiency.
The Military women, running the campaign and managing the hospital as the men return bloodied from the front, struggle to balance their maternal instincts and desire to nurture with the military process.
‘She Denied Nothing’ sees two women working together for the war effort turn on each other as it emerges one had a hand in the rebellious, illegal act of a princess.
An immerse experience at the Brighton Fringe. This provocative theatrical installation, created for the festival, immerses the audience as the ‘walking wounded’ in a military hospital during the Theban civil war. Linked to Sophocles classic 'Antigone' this groundbreaking new drama is the brainchild of Fitzrovia Chapel Director, Faye Hughes.
'Writes dialogue I wish I was clever enough to say' (The London Paper)
'There are no words. Go and see it' (Evening Standard)