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3 Greek Productions from Actors of Dionysus You Can Watch For Free

By Tom Sanderson
Last updated: June 2020
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Actors of Dionysus (aod) are one of the UK’s leading theatre companies in the field of Ancient Greek drama. Their productions have been seen by over 750,000 people in theatres and arts festivals across the UK and Europe.

To help schools and teachers, aod has made three of their past productions of Lysistrata, Antigone and Medea available to watch online for free. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch them and support learning in the classroom with their free teaching resources.

About aod

Since 1993 aod have toured over 40 productions in English translation, performing to over 750,000 people. In this time becoming the UK’s leading interpreters in the field of Ancient Greek drama.

They tour extensively and perform regularly at venues across the UK including York Theatre Royal, The Lowry and The Other Palace. They also perform at international festivals including The Edinburgh Festival and High Fest in Armenia, as well as in Greece, Turkey, Croatia and Albania. 

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aodEducation

aodEducation is their outreach programme for schools, colleges, universities and young people. They offer a comprehensive and well-established outreach programme of workshops, introductory talks and post-show discussions – regularly receiving high-acclaim from teachers.

Their workshops are tailor-made to suit individual requirements and take place in all areas of the UK and Ireland.

Schools can also purchase a host of educational publications, DVDs and audio-CDs from their online shop.

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Free aod Antigone teaching resources

aod has produced a range of high-quality teaching resources to accompany their production of Antigone. Teachers can download and use a range of practical drama resources, including exercises, games and even an Ancient Greek Quiz.

See all of aod’s Antigone Teaching Resources.

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aod’s Production of Antigone

Synopsis

A brother condemned to walk forever in the shadow of death.

A family teetering on the brink of catastrophe.

A world where one girl dares to take a stand.

This blistering new adaptation by Christopher Adams and directed by Tamsin Shasha sees Sophocles’ tragedy reimagined in a dystopian landscape, where fate is written in code and where drones flock across the skies. Brought to life by innovative theatre company Actors of Dionysus, this production combines bold ideas with passionate and visceral physical theatre.

How to watch aod’s production of Antigone 

Students and teachers can watch the full production of Antigone above or in the link below.

Running time: 75 mins
Suitable for: Upper KS3, KS4 & KS5 (ages 12+)
Subject links: Classics, Drama & English
Dates available: Ongoing

Watch aod’s production of Antigone.

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aod’s production of Medea

Synopsis

Euripides’ classic tale of the fury of a woman scorned is brought bang up to date in this innovative and searingly beautiful aerial production.

How to watch aod’s production of Medea 

Students and teachers can watch the full production of Medea above or in the link below.

Running time: 70 mins
Suitable for: Upper KS3, KS4 & KS5 (ages 12+)
Subject links: Classics, Drama & English
Dates available: Ongoing

Watch aod’s production of Medea.

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aod’s production of Lysistrata

Reviews of Lysistrata

‘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 it safe, it’s good that there are still risk-takers about.’
Hexham Courant

How to watch aod’s production of Lysistrata 

Students and teachers can watch the full production of Lysistrata above or in the link below.

Running time: 79 mins
Suitable for: KS5 (ages 16+)*
Subject links: Classics, Drama & English
Dates available: Ongoing

*Please note this production contains strong language and sexual references unsuitable for persons under 16 years.

Watch aod’s production of Lysistrata.

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Support aod’s work

aod have made these productions available for schools, for free, to help teachers and students still see quality theatre productions through this difficult time.

aod are a registered charity and to support their ongoing work, with schools and communities, have set up a fundraising page to encourage donations. For more information on their work and to donate, please see the link below.

Learn more about aod’s work & donate.

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Stay up to date with aod’s future productions, resources & school workshops

To learn more about aod’s future work and how you can get involved in future projects and workshops, see their education page. You can also reach out directly to their Education Officer, Mark Katz, for more information.

Email address: mark@actorsofdionysus.com
Phone number: 07903 390087

Learn more about aod’s education offering.

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