NODA December 2010 Newsletter

Post date: Dec 14, 2010 9:40:25 PM

Welcome to the NODA newsletter

Another year almost over and, like you no doubt, all of us at NODA are now planning for 2011.

Subscriptions are due in January and all NODA members will receive a renewal reminder in the mail during the next week or so. Members will continue to enjoy the benefits which membership of the Association brings, as we work hard during the year ahead to ensure the future success of amateur theatre.

The winter issue of Theatre Business will be distributed before Christmas. As always, it contains great articles, including an exclusive interview with Richard Sherman - so watch out for it!

With Christmas only a few weeks away, everyone at NODA would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year - Merry Christmas from NODA

Latest News

Subscription renewals

Within the next couple of weeks all NODA members will be getting a reminder that their subscriptions are due.

Please take a moment to consider the huge benefits that go with belonging to NODA, whether as an individual, society or corporate member. NODA member benefits.

NODA Youth Academy 2011

Special offer - book before 1 January 2011 and receive £50 discount!

Our ever popular, 4-day, residential course, for 12 - 17 year olds will be held at Oakham School, Rutland from 12 - 16 April 2011.

See the NODA website for details and the booking form,

or call: 01733 865 790

NEW NODA 'Reach for the Stars' collection is launched

To start with we are offering this limited edition, drawstring bag. Only available until February 2011, we are offering this to you at the amazing price of just £5.50 (RRP £9.99).

More details on our website now!

To order yours, just call NODA Membership Services on:

01733 865790 or email:

Book online now for NODA Summer School 2011

30 July - 6 August 2011.

New venue for 2011 - University of Warwick, Scarman Building.

This will provide a wonderful setting to ensure that the special "NODA Bubble" continues to grow.

For details of the courses available, tutor biographies, bursary application and booking, please visit our website

The Royal Shakespeare Company's Open Stages project

RCS Open Stages is a new project that aims to embrace, develop and celebrate amateur theatre, re-forging the bond with the world of professional theatre.

Over 2011/2012 the RSC, in partnership with a number of regional theatres and amateur theatre associations, (including NODA) will run a national programme of skills sharing events and showcases, with amateur societies from across the UK invited to produce their own RSC branded Shakespeare themed production.

To find out more, visit the RSC website .

Are you a trader? Would you like to be part of the Perform 2011 event at London's Olympia next year?

NODA are proud partners of PERFORM 2011 – the new exciting event for anyone looking for a future in acting, singing, performance, stage management or technical theatre.

PERFORM 2011 (11-13 March in London’s Olympia)

Expand your business by exhibiting at the show and meet 3,000 expected visitors.

Already exhibiting are:

Central School of Speech and Drama, London School of Musical Theatre, The Actors Studio,London School of Film, Media & Performance, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama,

The Bridge Theatre Training Company, Stagecoach, Pineapple Performing Arts, CPA College, Conference of Drama Schools, Primoatto Productions, Casting Call Pro, Spotlight, Equity, PCR, NODA, Fourthwall Magazine, Surviving Actors, Visualeyes and The Stage.

Why exhibiting is important for your business or organisation?

• Increase your client or student database.

• Sell directly to visitors e.g. props, costumes, head-shot photos

and insurance.

• Find the best talent – always important, even if your school is


• Recruit students for Technical Theatre and Stage Management


• Recruit students for short courses, Easter and Summer


• Recruit for MA and Post grad courses. Meet talented people

from all over the UK.

The show’s website is A limited number of stands are left so call: 0207 288 6625 or email: Donna at Upper Street Events for details.

PERFORM 2011 takes place alongside MOVE IT the biggest dance event in the UK, which attracts over 20,000 visitors.

Voluntary Arts England, is planning to develop training and development opportunities in the Eden Valley area of Cumbria.

If you are interested in these, free, training events and would like more information, contact Voluntary Arts England, phone: 0191 230 4464 or email

The training will be an introduction to using simple video, podcasting and other media thus enabling groups to ‘tell their story’ and improve their media profiles.

Mix and match seminar

Develop your communications mix to match your target groups.

Mix and match is touring to Glasgow (1 February), Manchester (8 February), London (15 February) and Bristol (17 February). Each workshop runs from 1.30pm to 5.30pm (Manchester 1.15pm to 5.15pm.) The cost is £75 +VAT for AMA members or £125 +VAT for non members. More information...

The Theatre in Wales web site is primarily aimed at professional performance in Wales. However, because the increasing number of enquires they get, wanting information on amateur, local or community groups, they have started collecting some basic information and contact details for as many societies as they can. They now have 59 reviews of amateur productions in our new section here...

They also have a section of Amateur Dramatics news. If you have news of productions, events, auditions etc that you would like to see included here please contact them.

They would also be very interested in hearing from anyone who would like to volunteer for the role of Amateur Theatre Editor for the new site, with responsibility for updating the societies information, adding news and tracking down reviews of productions. If you are interested use the 'feedback' page to send us your details.

Just a reminder...

As a member of NODA you are entitled to generous discounts on Libretti and Scores.

For information please call Membership Services on: 01733 865 790 or email:


End Of The Rainbow

««««« ‘A star is born’ The Times.

Olivier Award winning star of Hairspray, TRACIE BENNETT, returns to the West End Stage as Judy Garland in Peter Quilter’s END OF THE RAINBOW. Directed by the award winning Terry Johnson, END OF THE RAINBOW is currently receiving nightly standing ovations and has earned numerous 5 star reviews. Visit the End Of The Rainbow website or call: 0844 871 7632 for tickets.


The first correct answer received will win a pair of tickets to see the show. Just tell us: What is the name of Dorothy’s dog in the Wizard of Oz? Submit your answer now.

Valid any Monday – Thursday performance until 23 December, subject to availability. Exclusions apply.

NODA offer - Love Story

«««««‘A delightful, five-star boutique musical - innovative, beautiful and simple.’ Daily Mail

Michael Ball makes his West End debut as a producer after falling in love with the enchanting new British musical, Love Story. Inspired by Erich Segal’s best-selling iconic novel, also one of the most romantic films of all time, this life-affirming musical is scored by the Emmy and BAFTA award winning composer Howard Goodall

Offer: Call 0844 412 4659 and quote: ‘NODA offer’ to book top price seats for £35 (usually £55).

Offer valid for all performances, excluding Saturdays and 6 December until 24 December 2010. All prices are subject to a £1 per ticket restoration levy. Subject to availability.

An Evening With ... Sir Ian McKellen

The Brook in Soham (Cambridgeshire) is thrilled to announce that a date has been confirmed for a rare and unique ‘Evening with’ appearance by West End, TV and Film super star - SIR IAN McKELLEN who will be appearing for one night only on 9th JANUARY 2011 at 7:30pm.

Tickets are just £15.00 and £12.00 (concessions) and are very limited as this is a very special and intimate performance.

To reserve your tickets please phone 01353 721 748 or

01353 669 759

For more information visit the Brook website:

Ever dreamt of being a cruise ship entertainer?

Sky 1 are looking for 10 people to take part in this exciting new series set on board of a cruise ship. The series is for sky one and due to be broadcast next summer.

If you think you have got what it takes to be an all round entertainer and are available for 6 weeks in February / March 2011, Fresh One Productions would like to hear from you. Over 18’s ONLY.

If you would like more details, or know someone who you think would be perfect, please email Fresh One Productions at: or call them on: 0203 3755190

Looking for a great comedy/farce?

For the last twelve years, Raymond Hopkins has been writing farcical comedies and donating his royalties to Multiple Sclerosis Research.

His plays have been extremely successful in the UK with hundreds of productions and summer season runs. The plays are also very popular in Australia and Europe. At the present time, over twenty-two thousand pounds has been raised for Multiple Sclerosis Research. The plays have received dozens of excellent reviews.

For further information, please visit: Raymond Hopkins website

Aladdin rubbed the lamp despairingly. An eternity later there was a puff of smoke, followed eventually by a flash. The Genie was nowhere to be seen. “When he turns up, I’ll wish for TheatreCom”, Aladdin ad-libbed.

TheatreCom, the backstage talkback system that guarantees a happy ending.

Find out more...

Costume Interpretation volunteers needed at Chirk Castle.

Chirk Castle in Wales is owned by the National Trust and was built in 1310 by Sir Roger Mortimer. It is currently seeking volunteers to act as Historical Costume Interpreters.

There is currently one Guard on daily duty and two other volunteer Guards giving time during the week and at weekends. They would like to increase this with the help of more volunteers, male and female, so the daily life of medieval 14th Century at the Castle can be lived out on a daily basis through interpretation and interaction with Castle visitors.

If anyone has time to spare, either in the week or on a weekend and skills that they could bring, that would be great.

Basic costume and training will be provided and travel expenses will contributed to. It’s a great experience.

Please email: Andrew Humphreys at National Trust or call Chirk Castle on: 01691 777701

Do you have an amateur theatre success story to tell?

Rosie Fiore is a freelance journalist, beginning work on an article on the state of amateur theatre in the UK. She would like to show that amateur performance is vibrant, producing exciting new work, financially viable and moving with the times.

She is looking for good news stores from around the country.

· Has your organisation recently done a particularly successful show?

· Are you pulling in young people, both as members and audience?

· Does your organisation do work on a very big scale? Rosie is interested to

know about companies that use big theatres and have large production


· Anything else unusual/forward thinking that you think may be


If you have a story you would like to share, please email:

Rosie Fiore or call her on: (020) 8346 0420.

For sale:

Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST,original set, professionally designed and painted, for £850 ovno.

Suitable for small stage with limited wing space. Also suitable for panto - forest, castle, tavern etc. First come, first served!

For photos or other enquiries, please email John Clark

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