This is a bumper update from aod HQ this month, with May and June offerings to whet your whistle!
Don’t take our word for it, here is a testimonial about Mark’s recent workshop at Southam College on the 26th June:
"I could not recommend this workshop enough. Mark was enthusiastic and full of energy, motivating the students, while simultaneously scaffolding his approach to different students who needed varying degrees of care and support. He challenged them to push themselves but none of the students felt as though they were singled out or put on the spot.
His knowledge of Greek Theatre, the context at the time and the original performance conditions were fantastic. He ensured that he had familiarised himself with the specification we are studying so that he could better prepare himself and fully support our students. He knew the nature of the questions on the written papers and tailored his workshop to that focus. This was extremely beneficial to our students, who have struggled in the past connecting their own work to the original performances.
Mark was personable and charismatic, drawing the students in and creating an atmosphere of energy and enthusiasm. It was a pleasure to watch him work and all of our students were gushing afterwards at how much they had learnt and how much they had enjoyed it."
The Big Give
We are taking part in the 2019 Christmas Challenge, to raise funds for our free workshops. We are now asking for very kind pledgers to help us to reach our pledge goal of £1795. You have until the 30th of August to make a pledge online, and you can do that here. If you don’t already know about The Christmas Challenge, you can find out more about the campaign here.
We've just received £1000 from the Newcomen Collett Foundation to run a further 5 free workshops in Southwark, which is a fantastic result and we can’t wait to get started in the autumn term!
We are busy applying for funding to expand our outreach work - Plans include developing a series of drama and myth workshops for primary schools and developing our work with community groups and volunteers in Brighton. Watch this space for exciting developments!
We are excited to announce that Jane Asher has become an honorary patron of ours. Jane worked with aod on our fundraising event at the Reform Club in 2012, and we are really pleased to welcome her back to the fold. Jane is a well known public figure with an extensive acting CV and her affiliation with aod is fantastic. Jane joins our honorary patrons Sir Simon Russell Beale, Natalie Haynes and Bettany Hughes.
There are many ways to become involved in aod and our work, and we are always happy to welcome friends and supporters -
Become a Fod, Pod, Bod or God - Our annual supporters' scheme offers a host of exciting rewards for supporters.
Become a trustee - Our board of trustees provide us with expert guidance and support across all areas of the charity.
Join our inner circle - Our inner circle of supporters share a vision for aod’s future and work closely with the artistic director and board of trustees toward a strategic policy of expansion, sustainability and longevity.
From Our Friends
You can catch our artistic director Tamsin’s aerial show Everything I See I Swallow at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Summerhall, 3-25th August) before it embarks on a short autumn tour. For more details and to book tickets, visit the website here.