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Wowee, it’s March already!

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Mark, Tamsin and David Stuttard were busy in February with a programme of aod workshops, which included a special Classics Day at Notting Hill and Ealing High School, some Scotland-based classical workshops and a really fun workshop/panel discussion at Kings College London as part of their Greek Play Day.

Megan took trips to see KCL's Antigone and UCL's Oedipus Rex - KCL's female Creon made for a bold spin on the play, and the chorus of newsreaders were great.

We wanted to share this testimonial from a KCL workshop participant which we think encapsulates the great work that aodEducation does:

"As a complete beginner in the world of acting and performance studies, I approached Tamsin’s workshop with intense nerves and anticipation.
However, Tamsin’s clear and concise directions carried me through all the exercises without worry and I felt completely immersed in the experience.
For a blissful hour and a half, I forgot all my worries and now feel inspired to consider drama and theatre studies as a degree option."

11 by 11

Megan is working with Islington Council on their 11 by 11 scheme, which offers schools in Islington a programme of free creative and cultural activities - aod are participating by running a Greek drama workshop during the summer term.

November 2019 Event

SAVE THE DATE - 14th November 2019 - for the next aodEvent, which will take place at the Athenaeum Club in Pall Mall. More details to follow - Watch this space!

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We kick-started 2019 off in style with a number of drama workshops and specially curated Classics Days; Tamsin Shasha, Mark Katz and David Stuttard descended on to Manchester to run a day-long workshop at Withington Girl's School on the 23rd January, where they worked with students offering a variety of imaginative workshops and presentations which focussed on ancient texts such as Trojan Women and Antigone. To book a Classics Day or drama workshop for your students contact megan@actorsofdionysus.com

Our free Greek drama resource page launched in mid-January with a collection of Antigone resources designed for practical teaching and learning support. Watch this space for Lysistrata and Oedipus resources, coming soon! We are regularly updating the page; to request a specific resource, contact megan@actorsofdionysus.com

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Our free workshop campaign is still going strong and to date we have given away 30 free drama and classics workshops to state school/college students in London and East Sussex. This project has been made possible by funding from our supporters, the Four Acre Trust and the Classical Association. 

Become a Friend of Dionysus

 

Our supporters scheme is even bigger and better for 2019, with more rewards on offer for supporters. Members can join at any point in the calendar year, and select from a range of membership options. Interesting in joining the fold? More information can be found here: http://www.actorsofdionysus.com/support-us/become-a-friend-patron-or-benefactor

From Our Friends

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  • Our friends at Ad Infinitum are touring with No Kids, which kicked off at Battersea Arts Centre, and follows at venues including Tobacco Factory Theatres, Corn Exchange Newbury and The Lowry. For full tour dates click here.
  • Our friends at Classics for All are offering Key Stage 2 teachers a free taster session on the 28th February at Brentwood School to discuss the value of Classics Education. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity! You can sign up here.

 


Our February catch up is coming soon!

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Great funding result

We started December off on a real high by successfully winning £5,000 from the Chalk Cliff Trust and we are over the moon about this result! We thank the trust for their generous support for East Sussex based small charities.

Become a Friend of Dionysus!

Our supporters scheme is back, and it’s even bigger and better for 2019, with more rewards on offer for supporters. Members can join at any point in the calendar year, and select from a range of membership options. Interesting in joining the fold? More information can be found here: http://www.actorsofdionysus.com/support-us/become-a-friend-patron-or-benefactor

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An aod drama workshop in action, led by Tamsin Shasha

 Resource page

Keep an eye out for the launch of our free drama resource page! The project is supported by the Classical Association and the Jowett Copyright Trust and will offer practical teaching and learning resources which draw from our 25 years of work in education.

 

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Lysistrata at our 2018 fundraiser. © Patrick Dodds

 Annual fundraiser

Watch this space for news of our 2019 summer fundraiser - This year we are working on a slightly different programme for the event and we are excited to share details with you soon.

 

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Give as You Live

Looking to escape cold January with a hot holiday? Sign up to Give as You Live and donate to Actors of Dionysus when you shop online for purchases like holidays, at no extra cost to you. Signing up is free and simple to do. All donations are very gratefully received by aod, and because it costs you nothing, it really is a win win! You can sign up here.

 

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Everything I See I Swallow, 2019

Tamsin and Maisy are working on plans for an Edinburgh Festival Fringe run of the show and subsequent tour…Watch this space for some really exciting announcements! For more information about the show which is a beautiful and raw examination of a mother daughter relationship amongst shifting attitudes to feminism, click here.

Our January catch up is coming soon!

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Thea in rehearsals for aod's Medea


We are very sad to hear about the death of Thea Nerissa - Barnes, who worked with us on our production of Medea in 2001.

Thea was a fantastic artist, choreographer and mentor who worked with us to produce a version of Medea that was physical, powerful and exciting, and her choreographic contribution to the piece will always resonate with us. She also worked on our production of Antigone the subsequent year. 

She was, amongst other great roles, former Artistic Director of the brilliant Phoenix Dance Company. 

Her loss will be felt by all in the dance community and we extend our condolences to her friends and family at this sad time.

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Performance lecture

We had a great time in Oxford on the 12th November at the APGRD, where we took a trip down memory lane with David Stuttard and a very welcoming audience. The evening included wine, nibbles and performances from aod's repertoire, plus an interactive taster of one of our educational workshops, which went down really well.

 

Megan received a number of requests to join aod's mailing list after the event, as well as a Fod (friend of dionysus) request, and we are thankful to the APGRD for hosting us and for supporting and sharing our work.

 

25th birthday party

We kicked off our 25th year in style, celebrating high up in the sky in Canary Wharf with many friends, supporters and colleagues - past and present. Check out our previous party post for more  pics.

 

 

 

Free DVD!

CALLING ALL TEACHERS… Book one of our tailor-made workshops for your students and receive a free DVD of our 2017 production of Antigone - Two fabulous learning resources in one package and perfect for exam preparation! We only have one or two DVDs left to give away, so take advantage and book a workshop for the new year - Contact megan@actorsofdionysus.com for more information.

 

Workshops

Thank you to Mark and Will, our amazing workshop leaders, for running awesome drama workshops over the past couple of months. Both have received glowing feedback from teachers, and we are really pleased that our free workshop campaign in London and East Sussex has been so popular. All free workshops are now booked up, but watch this space for news of future campaigns!

 

 

Resource page

We are launching a resource page in early 2019, and students and teachers worldwide will be able to visit and download a selection of free educational resources which will help with their learning of Greek drama. Resources will be uploaded by us on a frequent basis, and will span our 25 years of work. Watch this space for more details!


Give as You Live

In the run up to Christmas please sign up to Give as You Live and donate to Actors of Dionysus when you shop online, at no extra cost to you. Signing up is free and easy to do. All donations are very gratefully received by aod, and because it costs you nothing, it really is a win win! You can sign up here.

 

 

Drone Major Group

We want to thank Drone Major Group for supporting our birthday party auction with a state of the art done, complete with a professional flying lesson to boot. Drone Major is the world’s first company to provide specialist services to buyers of drones and drone related equipment, including advice and strategic consultancy to enable buyers to navigate the widening applications for drone technology. You must check them out! https://dronemajor.net

 

In other news

 

  • Tamsin attended the NCVO's AGM on the 19th November which was a delightful and informative event and we wholeheartedly support their great work
  • Tamsin attended Pitch Up in Brighton on the 20th November, a fantastic networking event for companies and venues, bringing them together over informal conversations about new pieces of work. Tamsin was able to have conversations with a range of venues about our work which is really exciting
  • Megan attended By Jove Theatre's birthday celebrations on the 30th November at the lovely Sunshine Cafe Arts near Brixton. We love By Jove Theatre and Megan really enjoyed their evening of performance, especially the amazing solo piece Here She Comes which was an incredibly exciting epic poem based on The Bacchae. Watch out for their work!

 

We’ll be back in the new year with a December catch up!

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