LAMPS are proud to be affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association of which it has been a member for approx. 50 years.

The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) was founded in 1899 and has a membership of over 2,300 amateur societies 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.

NODA is divided into a number of Areas, each headed by an Area Councillor who sits on the National Council (the ruling body of the Association), supported by a network of Regional Representatives. These 180 volunteers are the vital link to the grass roots of the Association, the amateur theatre companies. The Association is administered from its Headquarters, with a knowledgeable and friendly staff able to deal with virtually any enquiry relating to amateur theatre.

There is a broad spectrum of ages involved in amateur theatre nationwide, from a burgeoning 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.

NODA aims

  • 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 Area 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. It publishes regular Area magazines and its quarterly NODA National News, and holds annual National and Area Programme and Poster Competitions, to encourage the highest standards in design. The NODA Library and Meeting Room provides access to a comprehensive research archive of scores, libretti and reference books, as well as an attractive room for meetings.

NODA’s trading arm, NODA Limited, acts as a mechanism for raising additional funds for the Association. Its publishing department, NODA Pantomimes, offers over 85 entertaining scripts by such popular authors as Leonard Caddy, Peter Denyer, Stephen Duckham, Ron Hall, Robert Marlowe, John Morley and David Swan, and other publications including an exciting new musical The Slipper and the Rose, and practical guides for performers and directors. Its Sheet Music Service can supply popular and obscure songs, some out of print. It also offers Long Service Awards, and discounts on playscripts, libretti and scores, theatre books from the catalogue of A & C Black, make-up from Charles H. Fox, and telephone bills through Class Systems by up to 50% below the BT standard rate (with 5% of all call charges donated to NODA).

NODA Insurance, in conjunction with AXA, offers the best insurance package for amateur societies (30% discount to NODA members). Telephone 0870 241 1086 for further details.


noda crestHeadquarters : NODA House, 58-60 Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2RZ
Telephone: 0870 770 2480
Fax: 0870 770 2490