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Making magic from myth...

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Dear Tamsin

  May 2011

You can't keep a good woman down!

Following last Autumn's sell-out tour, LYSISTRATA is back this Autumn for a week's run
(7th-11th November) at London's Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston

In true aod tradition, we hope that the production will be accompanied by a series of pre-performance talks by leading experts on the play, as well as nightly post-show talk-backs - an ideal way to immerse yourself (and your students) in the world of Aristophanes!

Performances are at 7.30pm with matinées on 8th and 10th at 2.30pm. Talks will begin an hour before performances. Details will follow, but numbers for the talks will be strictly limited and restricted to ticket-holders only.

To book tickets please email or book  online by clicking here.
(A new box office number of 08444 821 556 will be replacing the existing one of 0871 230 1552 and should become operational in July). 


Meanwhile, you can remind yourself of the buzz in the audience after our Autumn 2010 performances by clicking here.

You can also read more about the play in Looking at Lysistrata, edited by David Stuttard and including the adaptation performed by aod.  It's published by Duckworth and is available from good bookshops as well as through Amazon.

And you can find out more about the company by looking at our website or emailing us at

We look forward to seeing you soon

Tamsin Shasha, Artistic Director

With the Persians to Marathon
Special event!!
Date: Thursday 19th May, 2011
Time: 6 for 6.30 pm
Place: It's All Greek, 65 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3BL
Tel: 020 7242 6224
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Join us for a special event to celebrate the anniversary of battle of Marathon! 

This year marks the 2500th anniversary of the first Persian invasion of Greece that ended at the Battle of Marathon. Ten years later, it was followed by a second expedition, and the battles of Thermopylae and Salamis. 

David Stuttard, aod writer and translator, will be accompanying a special tour for The Traveller, tracing the journey of Persian armies from Sardis in Turkey (where they first mustered to Athens in Greece, taking in many of the sites and cities that they passed on the way.

These include resonant sites like Troy, Philippi, Thessaloniki, Vergina, Thermopylae, Salamis and Plataea and Athens - sites which remind us of other struggles, too, from the epic struggles of Homer to more modern campaigns like Gallipoli.  The ultimate destination is Marathon itself, arriving on 10 September, the date of the 2,500th anniversary of the battle.
The Traveller, aod and David Stuttard take great pleasure in inviting you to a spring drinks reception to celebrate this momentous anniversary and to hear some well-chosen extracts from Greek literature as well as a few words about the battle and the tour. 

We do hope that you can join us!
NB Please let us know in advance if you can, so that we can add you to the guest list, as numbers are limited.

Lysistrata - Reviews from last year!
FLYERwebThroughout Autumn 2010, Lysistrata played to packed houses up and down the country, and attracted some excellent reviews.
The website includes a video of audience reaction to the play (here) as well as an audio clip of an interview Tamsin gave for BBC local radio (here).
Reviews of the production included:
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)
It soon became clear that this version is closer in purpose to the original than anything before.  It was a profound experience. I have not laughed so much in months, but it made me think.  At a time in the arts, and elsewhere, when the temptation might be to play safe it’s good that there are still risk-takers about.
(Hexham Courant)

thunderously successful....David Stuttard provided a racy new translation: deliciously rude, fast paced and with a wonderful facility for double-entendres.  The visual humour which was so much of the original, as detected from the words, was well captured...aod demonstrated that comedy as well as tragedy has the ability to move the emotions and not just to laughter
(Anglo-Hellenic Review)

Audience responses included:
Brilliant comic ensemble.  2,000 years old but hard hitting and relevant as well as drop dead funny comic acting.  Really reminds you of the importance of the quality of the writing and acting in getting the message over.
Fantastic!!  Brilliant adaptation, really accessible for the audience and a really well done mixture of comedy and sincerity - thank you!
Just totally brilliant.  Moving and beautiful theatre.
Lysistrata Workshops
Our commitment to education remains strong and our workshops on Lysistrata have been as popular as ever.  
If you're a teacher and would like aod to come to your school or college, please read the comments below and be in touch with us by phone or email
Lots of rehearsal ideas for the play, fun & engaging activities which students enjoy and can relate to in their essays. 
10/10, Queen Elizabeth School, Dorset

Well structured, engaging and well paced.  Really pleased. S
tudents totally enjoyed the experience. 10/10,  Holy Cross College

Inspired the students into wanting to discover more about the text and begin to understand themes and practical ways into rehearsing it.

10/10, Friesland School, Notts

Fantastic delivery of an action packed workshop.  All the students were immediately engaged by your approach and you managed to covere a huge amount of ground in just 2 hours. 
10/10, John Henry Newman School.

Thankyou so much for coming at relatively short notice and giving our students a superb launch pad for their studies, 10/10, Balcarras School

students all engaged - performances good
10/10, Southgate School

Total engagement of all pupils - a truly excellent workshop, 10/10, Ryburn Valley School
Can you help?

We're currently looking for rehearsal space for Autumn 2011 prior to our run at The Rose with Lysistrata.  If you are at a London school or institution and can help us out, please do email us.  We would, of course, reciprocate in any way we can (free workshops, education material, etc.).
We will also need somewhere to store our Lysistrata set after the November run, so if you have a dry space (garage, lock-up etc) and can help, please get in touch.

Friends, Patrons & Benfactors
Our Friends scheme has expanded since last year's Lysistrata and we are extremely grateful to those of you who have supported our work and continue to do so.  aod is a registered charity, so remember that we can claim gift aid on any donations we receive - but only if you include a letter containing your full name, your home address, the name of the charity (Actors of Dionysus) and the details of your donation, saying that it is a Gift Aid donation.

It is now more important than ever for the company to be aided by charitable donations. As many of you may be aware the Arts Council recently replaced its RFO (regularly funded organisationsan) scheme with the new National Portfolio providing companies with 3 years worth of funding.  aod did apply but unfortunately were unsuccessful, one of the reasons stated being the lack of manpower to acheive our ambitious goals and also competition was extremely tough with many existing RFOs being re-funded.  

If you're not a Friend or Patron but would like to be, please do get in touch. 
aod is approaching its 20th anniversary year (2013).  The company has some considerable achievements under its belt, but there is still much to do.  Please help in any way you can to ensure that in the coming years aod can continue to go from strength to strength!

For more information about aod, please go to our website
Inner Circle

To help us develop our plans and realise our goals aod have brought together a small committee of individuals called the inner circle.  We are delighted to announce that Sir Stuart Etherington will head this group of key advocates whose mission it is to consolidate our work, raise our profile and generate much needed revenue for future projects.

We are at an early stage with developments for the inner circle but watch this space for updates and further developments.......

aspendus theatreAspendus Theatre, where aod performed in 2003 and 2004.

Other News

David's book Looking at Lysistrata (published by Duckworth) has been selling well, as has his AD 410 The Year That Shook Rome (British Museum Press) co-written with Sam Moorhead.  Both are available from Amazon.  This Autumn, David's
new book, Power Games, about the Greek Olympics of 416 BC will be pubished by the British Museum - and his next book after that, Eagles and Dragons, a history of Roman Britain, tracing the lives of the key figures who shaped the Province, will be publshed by Thames and Hudson next Spring.  Eagles and Dragons is co-authored with Sam Moorhead (Archaeologist of the Year, 2011), with whom David is currently working on a book on Antony and Cleopatra, also for the British Museum.

aod's book, Euripides Talks (edited by Alan Beale and published by Duckworth) is also available from Amazon, while our full range of publications, including books of essays on Trojan Women, Agamemnon and Bacchae, as well as back copies of our journal Dionysus can be had by going to the merchandise page of our website or by clicking here.
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