Actors of Dionysus is a highly specialist Arts charity and the UK’s leading production company for Ancient Greek Drama. We have performed live to over 750,000 people over the years and reached many more through our free workshop programme for state schools, online offerings and events.
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Unfortunately, during this time there is very little support for small charities like ours. Our Artistic Director and General Manager have both taken pay cuts in order to see us last further but there is a very real threat that the charity will simply cease to exist if we are unable to rally support. This would be devastating and leave a very large gap in the cultural offering for keeping the Classics we love, alive.
We have had over £20,000 of income from events and workshops lost due to covid-19. We are working hard to secure grants from the Arts Council England, the BBC and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation so that we can be flexible, dynamic and offer exciting digital options during social distancing which could last until Autumn 2021 for Theatres and larger gatherings. This funding would only take us so far, and we still see a shortfall of £6932 even if we do secure all the grants applied for.
This is where we call to you, our supporters, audience and friends. We know that this is a tough time for all of us financially but even a small donation would go a long way (just imagine if all 750,000 donated £1!). Please consider gift aiding any donation as that will make your support go 20% further.
Thank you in advance for any support you can make, big or small, financial or a share on social media.
‘Given time and support, aod could restore the classics to their proper place in the theatre repertoire, which would be something like a National Classical theatre’ - Times Educational Supplement
Actors of Dionysus (aod) is a National and International touring company that specialises in performing new adaptations of ancient Greek drama and new writing inspired by myth. We are unique in Britain in that we are one of the few companies solely dedicated to exploring Classical Greek theatre in this way and offer a rigorous approach that marries academic understanding with artistic vision. aod is a registered charity that receives no regular public subsidy. We need to raise a raise a minimum of £80k a year to provide a base rate for all of our projects.
Donors will have the opportunity to engage actively with the cast and creative team on specific projects that they wish to support.
Actors of Dionysus (aod) was founded in 1993 to put flesh on the bones of ancient Greek drama and to provide innovative and accessible versions of this rich canon of work. Since then we have toured over 50 radical and highly visual productions of classic Greek plays and new writing inspired by myth, performing to over 750,000 people nationally and internationally and becoming the UK’s leading interpreters in this field.
We tour extensively throughout the UK and Eire, performing regularly at venues including York Theatre Royal, The Lowry, Theatre Royal Winchester, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmund’s, Brighton Dome, The Rose Theatre Kingston, Greenwich Theatre and The Other Palace.
We also perform at international festivals including The Edinburgh Festival and High Fest in Armenia, as well as in Greece, Turkey, Croatia and Albania.
We have worked with many talented ensembles and with many distinguished actors including Jane Asher, Simon Russell Beale, Tom Conti and Fenella Fielding. Theatre collaborations include: Marcello Magni (Complicité), Thea Barnes (Phoenix Dance), John Nicholson (Peepolykus) and Toby Park (Spymonkey).
AOD IS DIVIDED INTO 3 STRANDS:
aodProductions - Touring new theatrical adaptations of ancient Greek drama and new writing inspired by classical mythology.
aodEducation - Touring high quality productions and producing a rich and varied outreach programme for schools, colleges and young people.
aodEvents - Producing ambitious and high-end one-off performances in distinctive venues with some of the UK’s leading performers, to enhance our profile and attract funding for our education and production programme.
In ancient Athens as today, successful productions of the drama relied on the support of benefactors, citizens known as choregoi.
Support for aodProductions, aodEducation and aodEvents can be on a number of levels, and there are many ways to become involved with aod and our work.
We are actively seeking individual and corporate sponsorship. In addition, you can join our membership group and become a friend, patron or benefactor of aod.
- Joanna Lashly
- Ian Plenderleith
- Catherine Gardner
Actors of Dionysus
Brighton, South East England, United Kingdom
THE ACTORS OF DIONYSUS
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