NODA Newsletter July 2010

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NODA Newsletter July 2010


By now NODA members should have received the summer edition of the NODA national magazine, Theatre Business. We hope you enjoy reading it. There are two new sections, Regional Round Up, on page 23, and a Directory Page, on page 57. We would like to know if you like these new features and the articles in the magazine.

Please email your comments and any items, of special interest, for Regional Round Up to Virginia by Friday 9 July.

Don't forget to book your place for this year’s NODA AGM and Presidential Gala, in Torquay, on 25 September 2010. Details on pages 20-21 of Theatre Business or by calling: 01733 865 790 or email.

ABTT 'Working at Heights in Theatre' guidelines

ABTT 'Working at Heights in Theatre' guidelines

The long-awaited guidelines on 'Working at Heights in Theatre' Code of Practice, has been published by the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT)

The publication is in 7 sections and, after a general introduction, deals with Powered Access Equipment, Access Towers, Tallescopes, Ladders, Step Ladders and Wire Rope Ladders.

The Code of Practice is available to purchase via the ABTT website priced at £15.00 per copy.

Epic Awards

Epic Awards

Voluntary Arts England, supported by Arts Council England, have launched the Epic Awards scheme.

This is an award scheme designed to recognise, and shine a spotlight on, the excellent work taking place within the 50,000 voluntary and amateur art and craft groups operating throughout the country.

The epic awards invite voluntary and amateur art and craft groups to nominate themselves in four categories; engagement, partnerships, innovation and creativity, with the winners receiving a package of benefits including; training, equipment and publicity, as well as being invited to a winners’ reception towards the end of the year.

Nominations are being invited, on the Epic Awards website

Excellence & Inclusion - join in the discussion

NAYT are hoping that you will join in the discussions, about Excellence & Inclusion in our sector, on their new Facebook page.

You can use the page to discuss anything you have concerns about, for advice, or help others find answers.

You can also contact NAYT by email or visit their NEW website.

Excellence & Inclusion - join in the discussion

AMA launches new professional development programme

AMA launches new professional development programme

AMA Retreats is a programme of intensive, three-day, residential courses to enable arts professionals to take time out to focus on the development of themselves and their organisations.

AMA retreats will operate at three different levels:

  • Established - for heads of department and directors (October 2010). Focusing on strategic direction, business planning, leadership, stakeholder management, resilience and impact. Applications for this AMA retreat are open now.

  • Executive - for managers (May 2011). Exploring the skills required to become a more effective member of the senior management team, developing your marketing and public engagement strategies in line with the business plan, the artistic policy and the needs of the audiences and visitors.

  • Emerging - for senior officers (March 2011). Focusing on improving the effectiveness of your marketing and digital strategies / campaigns. And providing the management skills needed to take on greater responsibility within your organisation.

These programmes are supported by the National Lottery, through Arts Council England. This means that they are able to offer them at a price that is approximately 50% less than in future (non-funded) years.

For more information go to the AMA website

Don’t forget the NDFA British All Winners' Festival

Sunday 25 to Saturday 31 July 2010

Thameside Theatre, Orsett Road, Grays, Essex

This is a fabulous annual event, a celebration of festival winners from across the UK . Not to be missed!

For more information visit the NDFA website

Don’t forget the NDFA British All Winners' Festival


A Christmas Carol

The stunning new musicalby Chris Blackwood and Piers Chater Robinson(creator of Peter Pan the Musical)

Bringing the atmosphere of Victorian Christmas traditions to the stage, this vibrant and joyous new musical will take you and your audience on a journey of discovery as the penny-pinching old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, eventually awakens his long forgotten festive spirit.

Published by IT&M, your scripts, scores, band parts and backing tracks can be supplied digitally making the show that much easier for you to produce. No deposits, no fixed rental period, no need to return materials afterwards. Artwork/logos and personalised t-shirts/polo shirts also available.

Visit: to download a script extract, plus details of the characters, backing track CD, concept album, performing licence and to listen to each of the musical numbers.

A Christmas Carol

Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine

The Menier Chocolate Factory’s sell-out season of Willy Russell plays transfers to London’s West End for a limited time only.

Educating Rita stars Tim Pigott-Smith and newcomer, Laura Dos Santos, in a production that is: ‘Superb, humorous and deeply moving. A truly great play.’ (Daily Telegraph).

Shirley Valentine stars Meera Syal in ‘London’s Best Comic Performance’ (Time Out).

‘These plays are comic masterpieces. Both are hilarious’ (Daily Express).

Trafalgar Studios from 8 July 2010, for a limited season of 16 weeks.

To book tickets please go to: or call: 0844 871 7632

Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine

Licences for 'Cabaret' available from MusicScope

Having been withdrawn for many years, MusicScope can now licence certain amateur productions of Cabaret.

Societies, institutions and schools wishing to perform Cabaret should contact MusicScope to obtain preview material or an application form - these can also be downloaded from the MusicScope website

While MusicScope will make every endeavour to clear applications as quickly as possible, this process may take a while and it may not be possible to obtain rights for all societies.

Contact MusicScope by telephone: 01270 617653, by email or via the website

Licences for 'Cabaret' available from MusicScope

Operas in English

OPERAS IN ENGLISH provide excellent English versions of Operas and Operettas for purchase or hire.

Currently available, with specially realistic rates for amateur societies, are: Orpheus in the Underworld, La Belle Helene, Carmen, A Masked Ball, Lucia di Lammermoor and Linda di Chamounix.

Email: or visit their website:

T: 01404 812556

Operas in English


Mr ANTHONY J ARGYLE (BA hons) is a young, contemporary and very experienced, Director/Choreographer based in South Wales, currently lecturing in Performing Arts. Directing credits such as: Hairspray, Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, We Will Rock You, Sweet Charity, Into the Woods, Les Miserables School Edition, Footloose, Nunsense, Honk, The Wiz etc. Also numerous Pantomime productions (both directed and originally written).

Email Anthony Argyle for more details

Easy Street Theatre Company - offering discount to NODA members

Easy Street Theatre Company’ is a new company, based in Sheffield, for young people aged 11 -21 years.

They are performing the 80’s classic, Footloose, at the Montgomery Theatre, Surrey Street, Sheffield, from 15 - 17July, inclusive, with a matinee at 2.30pm.

Noda members will get £1 discount on each ticket and, if you are bringing youth groups, a further discount of 1 free adult place to 15 young people.

Tickets are priced at £9 (£8 for concessions) on Thursday evening and Saturday matinee.

If you would like tickets, please contact Debbie on their ticket line: 07787 189718 and reserve your seats.

Please support them if you can. These young people are the future of amateur theatre.

Easy Street Theatre Company - offering discount to NODA members

BBC1 show looking for lively, out-going people

BBC1 show looking for lively, out-going people

Comedian, John Bishop, is hosting a brand new Saturday night entertainment show on BBC One about our lives in Britain, and BBC1 are looking for people across the whole of the UK to take part!

They would like to interview you and hear about your life in the UK! They want to know your opinions, and hear your funny stories, on topics like: growing up, family life, holidays and sport, parenthood and work!

If you are interested in being on the show, please email Laura Clark with your name, contact details, occupation and, if possible, a recent photo of yourself.

Breakaway Theatre Company presents 'Volpone - The Fox'

Ben Jonson's brilliant satire about greed, luxury and corruption, Volpone - The Fox

Old Town Hall, Market Place, St. Albans, from Monday 5 July to Saturday 10 July inclusive.

The production is set in the stylish, Art Deco, era of 1930. A chorus of flappers - dancing girls - escort audience members around the beautiful Georgian building and a live band plays classic tunes from the roaring 20s.

Volpone will be a set text on the BA Hons English syllabus at numerous universities from September 2010

For Sale or Hire

For Sale or Hire

Yeoman for sale

Taunton Amateur Operatic Society have a 7 foot high, brightly painted, Yeoman, which was used as advertising for their Autumn production of Yeomen of the Guard.

It is now available to another society for the same purpose. It could be cut in half easily to fit in a car, or would go in a large car, and the Society would like £10 to take it away.

Contact Terry Wood for more information.

Yeoman for sale

U.V. puppet sequences available for hire

The routines are complete with black costumes for the operators, U.V. lighting and backing cds and have been used in professional pantomimes for the past 35 years, are well maintained and ready to use.

For more details contact Chris Covington at Star Puppets, by email or call 01933 316188

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