NODA Newsletter - September 2011

Post date: Sep 7, 2011 9:31:08 PM

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Subscription renewals for 2012

NODA subscriptions are due for renewal in December. Watch out for your renewal documents, at the end of this month!

This year, if you normally pay by Direct Debit, you will be receiving your renewal form by email. All other members will receive their renewal documents, as usual, by post.

Not a member?

This is a good time to consider joining! Become a member...

Is your society a member?

Ask at your next society meeting, being a NODA society member has lots of benefits...

Do you provide products and services to amateur theatre?

Why not become a Corporate Member of NODA and enjoy the benefits...

NODA's Annual Review 2010

What we achieved in 2010 and our plans for the future.

Read it here...

NODA to partner NDFA in 2012 drama festival

NODA is very happy to announce that it is working in partnership with NDFA to present the 2012 British All Winners' Drama Festival. A week long celebration of the best drama to come through British Festivals, this will be held at the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn Lancashire from 1 – 7 July 2012. Details of Festival 2011 winners can be found on the NDFA website.

NODA website competition results...

During August we ran a competition, on the website, with a chance to win £50 of vouchers. All you had to do was answer a question correctly and subscribe to the NODA email newsletter. The question was: Who is the patron of NODA? and the correct answer was: Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber. Congratulations to our lucky winner, your vouchers are on the way!

NODA email newsletter - poll results!

Email newsletter: The results of the August poll shows that 100% of those who took part thought the newsletter content was 'interesting and informative'. We are always interested to know what you think. Take part in this months poll here...

Home page poll: Last month we asked how many societies used Facebook to communicate. 86% of you use Facebook to talk to your members. Take part in our September, Have Your Say, poll here...

Thinking of going to see a West End show?

Don't forget that you can get some really great deals on theatre tickets when you book through the NODA website.

Take a look at the latest deals here...


Two NODA societies, New Stagers (London Region) and Chelmsford Theatre Workshop (East Region) made it through to the final 20, in the Sky Arts, Stagestruck competition.

Eight societies will be chosen to go through to the next round, these societies will be announced shortly on the Sky Arts website...

Read about the CTW Stagestruck experience here...

West End tickets - September Sale!

Sale now on. Great deals to be had on most of the top West End shows!

Take a look at the amazing offers on sale now!...

Birmingham's Festival of Acting and Musical Entertainment (BFAME)

Entry forms are now available for drama groups from the Birmingham and District Theatre Guild for their One-Act Play Festival.

Dovehouse Theatre in Solihull from 27 February to 3 March 2012.

More information here...

AMA workshops in September...

The AMA has two new workshops coming up in September: Chain reaction – a day workshop on using social media for press and PR and Money. Money, money – a half-day workshop on sponsorship best practice.

More information here...

Alton Towers - group discount offer...

Group trip visits to the Alton Towers Resort are the perfect way to spend a fun-filled day with friends and family of all ages. When you book group trips in advance you can save up to 45% on the walk up rate!

Alton Towers map...

More information here...

Could your family be the smartest in Britain?

BBC Radio 4 Extra is looking for teams to take part in an exciting new quiz show called Keep it in the Family.


Young Coventry kids make good!

Who would have thought that two young Coventry kids could form a £17,000 company to engage young people from around the Midlands and take a professional production to the Edinburgh Fringe festival?

Midlands duo Robert Murphy (aged 22) and John Kuzminski (aged 19) created the company XTRACT PRODUCTIONS eight months ago. Both left their jobs in order to work full time alongside a cast, band and crew to organise the production a brand new version of ‘13’ the musical for the Edinburgh Fringe.


Wanted! Young men of between 25 and 40 years

DADS urgently need a younger man to take the role of Alan in their new play.

Can you help them to fill this role? Please forward this on to anyone that might be interested.

More information...

Script library

NODA members, Tynemouth Priory Theatre, have a script library and are willing to loan scripts to amateur theatre companies.

For details email: Ray Lowry or call T: 0191 296 0689 M: 0792 1140778


From the people who brought you Peter Pan the Musical


by Chris Blackwood & Piers Chater Robinson

Apply now for your:

  • FREE script and

  • FREE concept album

Simply email your name and postal address to: today!

Limited to the first 50 applicants!

CLOSING DATE: 30 September 2011

Stage your own production this Christmas or in 2012 - Dickens’ 200th Anniversary year.

A traditional, vibrant and atmospheric new show, from Piers Chater Robinson. Your scripts, scores, band parts and backing tracks can be supplied digitally, so no fixed rental period, no deposits and no need to return materials afterwards.

Listen to a 5-minute song medley now:

International Theatre & Music Ltd. Tel: 020 7470 8786

Methuen Drama for your next show...

Methuen Drama’s vital and comprehensive list includes a wide variety of scripts, practitioner guides for directors and stage managers and performance rights for plays.

From perennial favourites like Terry Pratchett scripts, A Christmas Carol and Peter Pan to new writing by James Graham and Kwame Kwei-Armah.

Visit the Methuen Drama website and explore!

Love Online - the musical

Quince Players (Ascot) present the world premiere of brand new musical comedy, Love Online, written by NODA member Andy Milburn & Nia Williams.

This musical comedy follows the lives of Joe and Sam as they try to find love using an internet dating website, with

hilarious consequences.

8 - 10 Sept 7.45pm

15 - 17 Sept 7.45pm

Matinee 17 Sept. 2.30pm

Cordes Hall, Sunninghill, Ascot, Berkshire. Map...

Tickets £10, £8. Group bookings taken.

Contact: Quince Players also on: 01344 874200

Read more about it and listen to some of the music from the show here...

Performance facilities for theatre...

ASG Stage Products have specialised in equipping amateur and professional theatres for 40-years, with sales and installation of Tracks, Drapes, Rigging, Lighting, Grids, Projection, Sound, Seating and Staging.

See our website at: , or give us a call on: 01942 718347 for a no-obligation visit or quotation.

10% discount to NODA members...

Futurist Sound & Lighting for all your theatrical lighting, sound, staging hire and sales.

We also stock consumables; Lee Filters, Gobos, Flame Check, Lamps, Pyrotechnics, Tapes...

Friendly technical advice always available, please call:

0113 279 00 33 or email: .

10% discount for NODA members. Take a look at our website:

Pantomime Scripts by Paul Tate

Paul is one of the UKs leading Pantomime performers / scriptwriters.

Paul is happy to adapt current scripts to suit, or write new Pantomimes based on any other fairy story.


For more information, excellent personal service, competitive rates and perusals, go to Paul's the website, call: 0208 766 6840

or email: Paul Tate

Acting and Audition Workshops

NODA members, Rickmansworth Players, are holding both an Acting and an Audition workshop, on Sunday 9 October 2011.

More information here...

Holidays with a difference!

. Tailor-made holidays which actually benefit the people of that


. Personal and friendly, tailor-made, service.

. Travel consultants that don't work on commission, so their

advice is impartial.

. Very high client satisfaction rating.

. Bonded with ATOL and AITO for your financial protection.

. Tribes automatically carbon offset flights of all their clients,

whether you book flights through us or not.

Take a look at the holidays on offer on the Tribes Travel website...

Theatrical make-up workshop

Introductory, one-day workshop, for theatre groups.

Saturday 24 September 2011

10.00am - 3.30pm

Reader offer - discount voucher...

Places are limited, complete your application form...

More information here...

Rolling out the Laughter

Natasha Wood’s critically acclaimed one-woman play, Rolling with Laughter, is back for one night only!

All proceeds will be going to the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Special reader offer!

For group bookings - buy 10 tickets and get one FREE!

More information here...

The Community Of Hungerford Theatre. Presenting Love Begins At Fifty. Picture by Clive Dancey.

Looking for a great comedy/farce?

For the last ten 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, nearly twenty-four 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

Looking for a pantomime script?

Why not try one by Mark Llewellin, Roy Barraclough, MBE, and John Jardine?

All the popular traditional subjects licensed by NODA...

Each one comes with a comprehensive marketing pack with lots of inventive ideas to promote your show – and sell those tickets!

Questions? Contact:

Sweet Charity scenery


For Sale...

Pantomime costumes for sale, including children's animal costumes, dames, fairies, general panto characters. Excellent condition but surplus to requirements. Contact: Bryan on: 01273 481004 or:

Various costumes for Seussical. Contact Denise Murtha, Rhyl and District Musical Theatre Company. Tel: 01745 334942 or email: Denise Murtha

Sweet Charity

scenery for sale for use on large and small stages. Includes wardrobe/elevator, 2 exterior building wall trucks, 2 arched towers (height fully adjustable), printed New York window / Pompeii Club sign, dressing table/lockers truck and lots more. £600.00. Collection only (Derby based). Email: John Hale or call him on: 07756 585416 for more information. Sweet Charity images...

24 Macs blue and green

as used in Singin' in the Rain. £5 each. Please email Caroline Fegan or call her on: 07889 275268

Are you doing a production of Hairspray?

A new home is required for this 6' x 3' hair spray can, to hold Edna, in the last scene of the show. For information, please telephone: 01626 865774 (Dawlish Devon).

Aladdin costumes for sale or hire. Chorus and principals costumes for the whole show, including: stunning gold and red finale outfits; head dresses to match most costumes and a set of children’s dresses. Many of the costumes are brand new and in very good condition. Available to hire or buy, whichever is more suitable. See photographs from our production showing all the costumes on stage here...

If interested, please email our Costume Convenor, Joan

Used vocal scores for sale in good condition: 12 Bach St John Passion; 7 Bach St Matthew Passion and 75 Berlioz Te Deum all at £1 each plus postage or delivery. Offers invited for: 250 used OUP Walton Belshazzar’s Feast and 150 Coronation Te Deum. Contact: Ailsa Hughes on: 01322 435149 or email:

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