National Operatic and Dramatic Association
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (July 2010)|
|Full name||National Operatic and Dramatic Association|
|Head union||Patron - The Lord Lloyd-Webber|
|Affiliation||Central Council for Amateur Theatre, Voluntary Arts Network|
|Key people||Tony Gibbs, Chief Executive|
NODA has a membership of 2500 amateur theatre groups and 3000 individual enthusiasts throughout the UK, staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of performing venues, ranging from the country’s leading professional theatres to tiny village halls.
Founded in 1899, NODA is divided into eleven regions, each headed by a regional councillor who sits on the national council (the ruling body of the Association), supported by a network of regional representatives. These 190 volunteers are the vital link to the grass roots of the Association, the amateur theatre groups themselves. NODA is administered from its Headquarters in Peterborough. NODA is a registered charity.
There is a broad spectrum of ages involved in amateur theatre nationwide, from an increasing number of youth groups to adult companies which meet the needs of all levels of both performers, whether dramatic or musical, and enthusiasts involved backstage, front of house or in administration. Each production created is a genuine community event.
- To give a shared voice to the amateur theatre sector
- To help amateur societies and individuals achieve the highest standards of best practice and performance
- To provide leadership and advice to enable amateur theatre to tackle the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century
Benefits of membership include access to NODA’s advice service at national and regional level, representation to government, funding agencies, rightsholders and the media, and access to conferences, workshops and seminars to help share information on best practice. NODA also holds an annual residential Summer School (with bursaries available) offering training from professional tutors in drama performance, music directing, musical theatre, stage management and other courses for performers, directors and technicians. Both national and regional news about NODA and its member societies is published as a part of Amateur Stage Magazine NODA also holds annual national and regional Programme and Poster competitions, to encourage the highest standards in design. NODA has recently relocated its offices in Peterborough to premises more suited to its needs. NODA has an extensive library of theatre books and musical scores but since the recent move these are temporarily unavailable.
NODA’s trading arm, NODA Limited, acts as a mechanism for raising additional funds for the Association. Its publishing department, NODA Pantomimes, offers over 100 scripts by such popular authors as Leonard Caddy, Peter Denyer, Stephen Duckham, Ron Hall, Peter Long & Keith Rawnsley, Robert Marlowe,Geoffrey Rundle & Keith Marsden, John Morley and David Swan, and other publications including The Slipper and the Rose, a musical based on the film of the same name, and practical guides for performers and directors. It also offers Long Service Awards, and discounts on playscripts, libretti and scores and theatre books from the catalogue of A & C Black> NODA members can purchase theatrical make-up from Charles Fox at a special discounted price.
NODA Insurance, provided by Lloyd & Whyte and underwritten by Groupama, offers a comprehensive insurance package for amateur theatre groups (offering significantly lower premiums for NODA members compared to non-members).