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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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Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate our 25th birthday earlier in November!

 

In the fine spirit of Dionysus, wine and prosecco graced the evening as guests enjoyed a host of performances from some of our repertoire of works which included Lysistrata and Electra. A lovely collection of Sappho poetry, read by aod collaborators past and present, topped the evening off brilliantly.

 

Chair of our board, Robert Garbett, ran a fabulous auction and raffle, and we want to say a big thank you to our raffle and auction prize donors for their generosity, as well as to everyone who bought a raffle ticket and bid on a prize.

 

We extend a very big thanks to our many valued supporters, donors and friends who have supported us through to the ripe old age of 25, without whom we wouldn’t exist.

 

HERE’S TO THE NEXT 25 YEARS!

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Tour booking workshop

 

Megan attended a fantastic tour booking workshop at the Albany Theatre in early October, run by the fantastic Mark Makin - The day long workshop focussed on all aspects of tour booking, and Megan looks forward to putting what she learnt in to practice soon. We highly recommend this workshop! For more info and to book, visit the Independent Theatre Council’s website.

 

Metamorphosis festival

 

Megan attended the Metamorphosis festival in early October, hosted by the Architecture Foundation - Taking place at the beautiful Old Royal Naval College and Queen’s House in Greenwich, this day long festival featured an array of lectures and performances around the theme of classical currents in contemporary culture. The festival fantastically celebrated the legacy of the ancient Greeks and Romans by connecting it with innovative work being created today, and Blake Morrision’s lecture which featured performances from his versions of Lysistrata and Antigone was of particular brilliance.

 

 

 

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Aviva Community Fund

Please vote for our community project, to run free vocal and drama workshops for community choirs and state schools in Caterham, Brighton and Didcot. Your votes will make such a difference to the project, helping us to go through to the second round of the contest, to be judged by a panel of experts, who will fund the winning projects. Voting is totally free and takes less than a minute, and you can vote here. Voting closes on the 20th November.

 

You can also donate to the cause on Crowdfunder, in return for some awesome rewards. If you’d like to donate, whatever money you can spare will be greatly received. Donations will go toward ensuring that we keep the Classics alive and accessible for all, in theatres, in schools and beyond. You can donate here.

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Image from Medea at Rose Theatre Kingston, 2013

 

 

Support for Medea

We are always interested in developing new relationships and talking about collaborations for this exciting show, which features wall running, aerial dance and an ambitious new participatory arm which involves community choirs taking on the Greek chorus - For commissioning, programming or booking enquires contact Megan at megan@actorsofdionysus.com

 

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Workshop and free DVD offer

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 a few DVDs left to give away, so take advantage and book a workshop today - Contact megan@actorsofdionysus.com for more information.

 

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Give as You Live

Thank you to our kind supporters who have already raised £2.13 for Actors of Dionysus! 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, and because it costs you nothing, it’s a win win! You can sign up here.

 

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Atlantic Big Wall Vertical Dance

Tamsin had an amazing time in Lisbon at the end of October, participating on the Atlantic Big Wall Vertical Dance. Some great wall play was had in the sun (and the rain, including hailstones for good measure!) and we can’t wait to get back in to the studio to work with what we’ve learnt, applying it to Medea.

 

It’s All Greek

Looking for a special classical gift for Christmas? Our friends at It’s All Greek provide an exciting array of fine replicas of ancient Greek art - Bronze, marble, pottery, ceramics and jewellery, all under one aegis, and all from the best suppliers in Greece and in the UK. We thoroughly recommend the store for its charming items which make beautiful and very individual gifts. To shop online, click here.

 

We’ll be back soon with a November catch up!

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