Project information

A new aerial production of Euripides' Medea

A bold new version of Euripides' masterpiece Medea, an archetypal tale of sexual jealously and revenge performed in a vigorous new translation. The production will explore Medea's supernatural powers and diminishing grip on reason by interweaving a physical and aerial dance dimension.

August 2016 - November 2016

Charity information

Actors Of Dionysus

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  • Need


    There is, and has been for a long period, a decline in the teaching of and access to Classical Civilisation in state schools. We feel that this is a vital resource in the future development of young people today and that the preservation of this tradition is imperative. Greek drama is vital to the narrative of theatrical history and we would like to preserve this art form by producing exciting, visual, accessible, and surprisingly modern ancient Greek drama providing Classics for All.


    We would like to develop and Nationally tour a highly physical and visually stunning new version of Medea, which incorporates a strong aerial dimension, exploring the Greek myth of female empowerment in a way that speaks directly to a modern audience. This innovative new version of Medea will provide access to state schools, engage new audiences, increase our profile, help to secure our longevity and increase overall accessibility to the Greek classics.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Nationally tour our new aerial dance version of Medea across the country in Autumn 2016


    » Spend a period of time rehearsing and re-developing Medea, working closely with our highly skilled group of artistic collaborators.

    Success will come from taking Medea to wider audiences across the country and thereby increasing our profile and outreach and providing access to a top quality production

    Aim 2

    Increase our public engagement by involving more young people in theatre and educational workshops


    » Offer students access to our highly established Educational Outreach programme of workshops, talk backs and education material.

    Success will be our ability to target deprived areas across the country and also undertake at least 20 educational workshops to students who would not normally have such access

    Aim 3

    International tour of Medea


    » Build relationships with new venues by introducing our work and taking a unique, top quality, dynamic and highly visual production to their venue

    Success will come from attracting International delegates and producers to see Medea on tour, especially if we have a residency in London at the end of the run.

  • Impact


    The project will reinvigorate the company's repertoire, as well as generating new audiences nationwide for the company's work. Through student participation we hope to revive an interest in classics in State schools and inspire young people to see our work. We will demonstrate the success of this project by monitoring the audience numbers and student participation. We will record any qualitative feedback that we we receive from the audience and also hold talk back sessions to gauge response


    We could encounter problems in re-development of this project (especially the aerial dimension) but we have given ourselves sufficient time and space to allow for working out any potential issues. Finding the right collaborative team can also prove difficult but we have a lot of experience in researching, developing and creating a production and have safeguarding techniques, such as having other potential artists in mind & offering adequate health and safety procedures for the aerial dimension


    We will have regular contact with donors to this project through email reports which will detail our activities and any changes that have been made to the project plans. We can also arrange meetings with donors when required.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £135,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £50,000 Project Wages Actors, Director, Production Manager, Rigger, Artistic Director, Dramaturg, Choreographer, etc
      £15,000 Set, Design, Costumes Set Designer, materials, builders fee, costumes.
      £7,000 Educational Outreach 10 workshops, 20 talks with leading academics, schools resource packs
      £11,000 Admin & Equipment General Manager wage, office rental, office postage, internet, phone, Aerial equipment.
      £26,000 Accommodation & per diems £40pppn x 8 people x 6 nts x 11 weeks & £15 pppd x 8 people x x 6 days x 7 weeks
      £11,000 Travel Train fare to London x 20. Van hire, Petrol, Parking and tolls.
      £7,000 Publicity Publicist, posters, flyer, programmes, printing, distribution, DVD filming.
      £8,000 Other Consumables, maintenance, insurance, contingency, courses, signed performance
  • Background


    Our plans are to tour Nationally with Medea and then subsequently have a 3 week residency at a prime London venue on the back of the National tour.


    This project will provide access to schools nationwide and we will work closely with venues to market the play to a schools audience utilising our considerable education links.The workshops, talks and discussions will provide an academic backdrop to the production and so will also benefit the classical community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 20 years experience developing and producing exciting new versions of ancient Greek drama and can offer something specialist, accessible and exciting. The productions that we offer are high quality and completely unique.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tamsin Shasha - Artistic Director

    Tamsin is the heart of aod & as Artistic Director has provided the determination, dedication and passion to consistently produce excellent productions

    Lianna Valenti

    Lianna (General Manager) is committed to aod and works closely with Tamsin in a variety of roles & assists in the managing & coordination.

    David Stuttard

    Co-founder of aod, translator, and now Strategic Advisor, David’s experience and imagination brings great perspective & opportunity to aod.

    Mark Katz

    Mark Katz is a key aod actor and also heads the education programme; taking exceptional and engaging workshops to schools throughout the country.