Productions

aod has earned a reputation for making Greek tragedy seriously sexy (The Guardian) and since 1993 we have built up an extensive track record of gripping and wholly accessible (The Stage) productions. In Nov 2013 we piloted a new aerial version of Medea at The Rose Theatre Kingston one of the best productions of Greek Tragedy I have ever seen’ Rosie Wyles (Kings College London and BBC4’s Greatest Show on Earth), and hope to undertake a National tour of this exciting production next year...

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Watch this space for updates on 2016’s National tour!

Production Archive:

Lysistrata 2011

Lysistrata 2011

“Greek at school was never as naughty and so much fun as this.”  –  What’s on Stage

“A slick, hilariously funny show, which rattles along at high speed on the strength of fine ensemble work from its cast of five……Timeless stuff.”- The Stage
Lysistrata 2010

Lysistrata 2010

Lysistrata (directed by Mitch Mitchelson) toured Nationally in 2010 and was performed at London’s Shaw Theatre. (include vox pops video?)
Bacchic 2007-08

Bacchic 2007-08

“a theatrical gem not to be missed” – Total Theatre

“Thoughtful and intelligent…Shasha has the acting as well as the rope skills..a most unusual and rewarding hour” - The Times
Oedipus 2006

Oedipus 2006

“David Stuttard’s adaptation is gripping stuff, as sharp as steel and wholly accessible…superb.”– The Stage

“Resonates with timeless themes which aod brought out powerfully in Tamsin Shasha’s production…wonderful Greek classic.”   – Halifax Evening Courier

“No-one did tragedy quite like the Greeks and no-one does Greek tragedy quite like Actors of Dionysus… another blistering performance: aod should be required viewing.” – Harlow Star
Trojan Women 2004-05

Trojan Women 2004-05

“It was a privilege to see such work.” – Taunton Times

“Powerfully moving… stunningly original production.” – Portsmouth News
Trojan Women 2004-05

Trojan Women 2004-05

“A splendid evening. The audience was frozen in an attentive and palpable silence.” – Hexham Courant

“Superb performance.” – Halifax Courier
Oedipus 2003

Oedipus 2003

“With tragedy so powerfully portrayed, watching aod can be an emotionally draining experience, but what wonderful catharsis. Keeping alive the traditions of live Greek drama makes aod a vital element in the nations’ cultural life. Its latest offering is compelling proof of that statement.” – Ilkley Observer

“David Stuttard’s dignified translation gave the actors every opportunity to convey Sophocles message that fate more than anything else controls man’s destiny. Under the dual direction of Marcello Magni and Tamsin Shasha the production, using a cast of four, swept along at a fast pace.” Bristol Evening Post
Electra 2002

Electra 2002

“aod triumphed in a version of Electra that was emotionally compelling and subtle in its modernity…a powerful production had strong performances..with lighting and music used to good effect..the influence of movement director Tamsin Shasha was especially notable. She allowed actors to express emotions as much by their movements-which, at times, approached dance-as by their lines. ” – The Argus
Antigone 2001

Antigone 2001

“One to savour ”  – Irish Timest

“A very lean, fast-moving and flowing piece of theatre that was often visually stunning… a haunting production” –  Sheffield Telegraph

"an astonishingly well-staged production of words and movement which grew in intensity to its dramatic climax…the final scene showed just why the company is considered to be the UK’s finest exponents of this form of theatre..a superb production” –  Halifax Evening Courier
Antigone 2001

Antigone 2001

“Actors of Dionysus is one company that consistently presents an ancient classic to a modern world in a way that an audience can really respond to… A strong emotional impact – it’s really worth seeing if you can get a ticket.” – Bath Chronicle

“Just as I was beginning to wonder exactly why I first became interested in theatre, and sick of all the musicals, along come Actors of Dionysus. The company’s production of Antigone has renewed my love of theatre… this was a show to restore your faith in the genre.” – Exeter Express and Echo

“Pure theatre at its finest” –  Harlow Star
Antigone 2001

Antigone 2001

“Raise your glasses- of wine naturally-in a toast to this exciting new version of one of the great tragedies of Greek drama…this is a classy interpretation of a classic…Stuttard’s translation, a combination of narration and dialogue comes over as modern and muscular as the cast.” – Lynda Murdin – Yorkshire Post

“An incredibly sexy performance.” –  The Stage
Bacchae 2000

Bacchae 2000

“Strongly visual, almost cinematic experience, strong on sensuality and eroticism”  – Sheffield Telegraph

“With clever cross-casting, and on a simple effectively lit climbing frame set..this is an athletic, sensual, ritualistic staging.” – Glasgow Herald

“Words cannot adequately describe the power of this performance.”  – Strathearn Herald
Bacchae 2000

Bacchae 2000

“Stunning, absorbing and beautifully produced… Having Tamsin Shasha play Dionysus added a welcome ambiguity to the gender war-her agility never ceased to impress…Don’t miss this company when they return to the city.”  – Aberdeen Press & Journal

“Wonderful play, wonderful acting, wonderful production… all in all an amazing evening” – Daily Post
Hippolytus 1999

Hippolytus 1999

“Stunning… increasingly the company is developing its own voice and style.” – Classical Association

“Dramatic force is conveyed with all the modesty of true artistic integrity.”  – St Andrews Citizen
Hippolytus 1999

Hippolytus 1999

“Making Greek drama seriously sexy” – Yorkshire Evening Press

“engrossing – this production captures the poetry of the language and the sense of oppressive doom and it lingers in the mind long after the final tragic outcome.”  – Halifax Evening Courier
Agamemnon 1999

Agamemnon 1999

“Performed with an energy and passion that matched the superb staging, direction and design.” – The Argus, Brighton

“A splendid adaptation of Aeschylus which whets the appetite for David Stuttard’s next production, Grave Gifts.” – Stirling Observer

“A performance bristling with energy” – St Andrews Citizen
Antigone 1998

Antigone 1998

“Adding to a high calibre performance the simple but effective set and some beautifully atmospheric music. In all, a truly classic night out.” – Stirling Observer
Antigone 1998

Antigone 1998

“Classic and timeless….in a nicely-judged portrayal of stubborn tyranny by Mark Katz, Creon came across as a cruel and demanding power broker.” – Halifax Evening Courier

“This year the company surpassed themselves with a visually stunning and extremely coherent setting and atmosphere.” – Russell Shone, JACT
Oedipus 1998

Oedipus 1998

“When in the closing minutes, actress Debbie Leeding narrated the blinding of Oedipus, there was a clearly audible gasp from the audience, the gasp Sophocles must have listened to in the Theatre of Dionysus. Given time and support, Actors of Dionysus could restore the classics to their proper place in the theatre repertoire, which would be something like a National Classical Theatre” – Times Educational Supplement
Oedipus 1998

Oedipus 1998

“vivid and compelling,…in the title role Andy Wisher gives a performance of power and assurance” – Halifax Evening Courier

“It would be difficult to praise the Actors of Dionysus too highly for their new production of Oedipus…Debbie Leeding is simply superb as the spasm ridden blind Teiresias..inspired” – St Andrews Citizen
Electra 1997

Electra 1997

“Stuttard’s sensitive and powerful translation keeps the force of the drama moving…Actors of Dionysus leave behind in their audiences an experience of deep intensity.” – St Andrews Citizen

“With Tamsin Shasha’s performance the productions stands and falls. She is brilliant.” – Halifax Evening Courier
Trojan Women 1996

Trojan Women 1996

“the tragic rhythm of the play, oscillating between hope and fresh despair, came over in full force….Maria Fierheller was utterly convincing and deeply moving as Hecabe.” – Classical Association

“Antona Mirto, who played the virgin daughter Cassandra, combined brilliantly the madness and wisdom of a young girl forced to witness too much…riveting action and a smooth translation” – Halifax Evening Courier
Medea 1996

Medea 1996

“They perform these ancient plays with such conviction that they bring tears to the eyes and make the hair at the nape of the neck bristle.” – The Times

“a production that deploys some striking dramatic devices…Tamsin Shasha in the title role moves eloquently from pride to anger to violent despair and eventual deification.” – Time Out
Medea 1996

Medea 1996

“a gripping adaptation by acclaimed theatre company Actors of Dionysus. They rip into the play with a flourish that breathes new life and animation into an ancient tale.” – Fulham Chronicle

“A lively, modern translation which will have a lot to offer to contemporary audiences.” – Western Morning News

“compelling performances by Tamsin Shasha as the abandoned wife and Steven Yule as Jason, her cheating husband.” – West Sussex County
Oedipus 1995

Oedipus 1995

Translated by David Stuttard after Sophocles “The Actors of Dionysus skillfully built up both pity and disgust for Oedipus the King to a powerful, cataclysmic climax..David Stuttard has a strong. Well-paced rhythm and richly colourful images.” – London Weekly Times

“a powerful interpretation by the Actors of Dionysus.” – Classical Association
Electra 1994

Electra 1994

“Elektra has a degree of realism which was brilliantly exploited by The Actors of Dionysus…their pace was finely judged..with David Stuttard producing a fine prose version. Orestes was portrayed with great subtlety by Mark Blythe…Tamsin Shasha gave a truly memorable performance, playing with an embittered intensity which held the audience spellbound.” – Classical Association
Antigone 1994

Antigone 1994

“the translation was very impressive – good to speak, close to the Greek but always idiomatic – and the production had a similar dignity to it..outstanding, imaginative use of the chorus ” – Professor Pat Easterling, Newnham College, Cambridge

“another riveting production. Thankyou for your considerable contribution in keeping the Classics alive!” – Jeremy Thomas, King Henvy V111 School
Hippolytus

Hippolytus

“This young and committed cast skillfully utilise the power of the word and the rituals with spellbinding effect. A must for any true lover of the theatre.” Edinburgh Evening News (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
Hekabe 1993

Hekabe 1993

“Stunningly good. It brought out all the virtues with force and conviction. The audience plainly found it gripping. This Hekabe was one of the two best productions of a Greek tragedy in English translation that I have seen in forty years.” – Sir Kenneth Dover

“the timeless horror and ravages of war made a truly emotive impact…when Actors of Dionysus presented Hekabe, translated with sensitive and dramatic poetry by David Stuttard.” – Reading Chronicle

 

ANTIGONE 2017 R&D

Pictures taken from our GFTA funded R&D.

With thanks to our talented ensemble:

Martin Bassindale, Jon Campling,

Loren O'Dair, Nicola Kavanagh

With thanks also to Justin Murray, Chris Adams, Lexi Clare, George Mann, Anna Marshall, Matt Eaton and Helen Coyston.

  • Martin Bassindale, Nicola Kavanagh and Loren O' Dair
  • Martin Bassindale & Jon Campling
  • Loren O'Dair, Nicola Kavanagh & Jon Campling
  • Martin Bassindale & Jon Campling
  • Justin Murray, director with Martin Bassindale and Jon Campling
  • Justin Murray, director and Chris Adams, writer looking for inspiration
  • George Mann, outside eye with Antigone cast @Bradfield College
  • Chris Adams, writer and Tamsin Shasha Artistic Director during a break in rehearsals
  • Matt Eaton composing in situ at Redbridge Drama Centre
  • Helen Coyston's initial design ideas for Antigone

     

    News

    • Bacchae is an exploration of the charisma and potential cruelty of power. Tamsin Shasha stars in David Stuttard's translation with classical theatre specialists Actors of Dionysus. Bring a picnic and enjoy... Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and how to book tickets

    • Helen is currently on road for a limited season only 10th - 19th May. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and how to book tickets)

    • Lysistrata is currently on road for a limited season only 22 Feb - 24th March. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and how to book tickets)

    • On June 23rd aod appeared at Bradfield College for their inaugural Arts Festival...

    • After a fantastic night at Spruce Wood Kingston on July 4th we have been invited to perform the play at Allington Castle on Sunday 27th September. For more details click here.

    • 2014 sees aod celebrate its 21st birthday. For this occasion we have produced a special anniversary brochure detailing aodProductions, aodEducation and aodEvents..

    • On Sat 12th July aod held a small launch of their new Sappho CD The Sweetness of Honey at a private house in London.  The evening was  a great success and there was much enjoyment to be had.  To view pics of the event please click here...

    • We are delighted and grateful to have received funding from The Arts Council England toward our forthcoming research and development project, Helen. The funding will enable us to explore the potential of Helen, and continue our development toward new artistic territory...

    • Bettany Hughes in discussion with David Stuttard on the subject of Medea and C5th BC Women as broadcast at Rose Theatre Kingston as part of aod’s run with Medea from 12th – 15th Nov 2013

    • This Autumn (Nov 11-15th) aod return to the Rose Theatre Kingston with a new production of Euripides’ masterpiece of sexual jealousy and revenge, Medea...

    • On 18th November 2010 Tamsin was interviewed by BBC Radio Leeds presenter, Andrew Edwards. This was to coincide with the company’s sell-out performance of Lysistrata at Square Chapel in Halifax. After a shaky start the interview became very entertaining indeed…

    • Yes – very nigh. The nigh is now – tonight in fact. The last performance of aod’s Autumn tour of Lysistrata will be performed tonight at The Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead. To all of those attending tonight, and indeed any other nights you may have attended – I hope the evening is, and was, hugely enjoyable...

    • Well the rumours are true, it’s official – Lysistrata is sold out in London! But luckily we have  added a matinee so all of you late-comers still have a chance to get tickets....

    • Lysistrata is well and truly out there. The tour has been all over the country and has been shown to many a full house. From the Buxton Opera House, to the Jersey Arts Centre, Norwich Playhouse and the Borough Theatre in Abergavenny to name but a few...

    • A few weeks ago (that’s how up to date I am with blogs!) a researcher from Radio 4’s Today programme enquired as to whether aod would be interested in recording a short piece about the Economic Crisis in Greece – all roads led to us she said! ...