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Actors of Dionysus is a registered charity and theatre company; since 1993 we have toured new theatrical adaptations of ancient Greek drama and new writing inspired by classical mythology, and we deliver an Educational Programme of workshops, talks and performances to schools and colleges across the country. 

This year we have received funding via The Big Give Christmas Challenge for our Antigone Educational Engagement Programme, which will enable us to deliver 20 free Classics and drama workshops to schools and colleges in inner and outer London where students would not normally have access to facilities and material like this to support their learning.

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We are offering the following free workshops to Key Stage 4 and 5 students, using Antigone as a source text:

* General Classics workshops examining conventions of Greek staging

* From Text to Performance

* The Tragic Hero

* A Chorus of Approval

* A Drama oriented workshop looking at methods of devising and improvisation

Workshops will be hands on, inclusive, participatory and lots of fun!

Workshops may be tailor-made to suit the requirements of the venue to include the specific areas that you would like to cover. Workshops are free but we are asking for an optional £20.00 donation to help towards travel and admin costs.

”It was impressive how much information and practical work was covered in a two hour workshop. The students were able to produce exciting and thought-provoking performance work in a very short space of time”

Paul Webster, Performing Arts and Drama Subject Advisor, Edexcel

To take advantage of this offer, please contact: megan@actorsofdionysus.com

07817 859428

aod is a registered Charity (no. 1044532)

25 St Lukes Road, Brighton, BN2 9ZD

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We are delighted to let you know thataodexceeded its target in the Big Give Christmas Challenge.
THANK YOU to all of you who supported our project and helped us reach our goal - we are very grateful!
More information will follow regarding the engagement programme in the New Year.
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DOUBLE YOUR DONATION to Actors of Dionysus and help us deliver educational workshops in 20 inner and outer city London schools.

aod is taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017,

the UK’s largest match funding campaign.

OUR GOAL £4000

To raise £4000 we need new donations of £2000 between

12pm Tuesday 28th November and 12pm Tuesday 5th December.

Every pound we raise online up to £2000 will be matched by a Big Give sponsor.

Participate in 2 easy stages

  1. Save these key times and dates: Add a reminder to your calendar to visit https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/project/aod during this period to make payment.
  2. Make payment by credit card during this period by going to our website above. You will automatically be directed to the Big Give website. Make sure you have your credit card details ready to make your donation.

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Antigone Educational Engagement Programme - aod’s Christmas Challenge

The money we raise through the Christmas Challenge will be spent on providing high quality educational and practical Classics workshops as support for students in schools, youth groups and higher education in London, focusing on those who are considered to be in disadvantaged areas. This will allow us to:

  • Deliver 20 practical, hands-on educational Classics workshops in inner and outer London, each one created to suit the needs of the participants.
  • Increase understanding and appreciation of Classical Greek Drama therefore keeping them alive and providing access for young people who would not normally have the opportunity.
  • Enable us to share our skills and knowledge with new schools in inner and outer London, thus increasing our educational database.
  • Correspond with schools drama syllabuses and offer Teachers a vital learning and examination resource. 

Even if you have already donated this year, please think about giving just £5.00 - or even £500.00 - more, knowing that for one week only your donation will be doubled by a Big Give sponsor.

Spread the word: Please tell anyone who you think might be interested in supporting us, to visit the project at

Click here to visit the Project >

Thank you from everyone at aod!

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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 info@actorsofdionysus.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

 

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