Professional support for amateur theatre

Founded in 1899 “to protect and advance the interests of operatic and dramatic art, and of societies engaged therein”, NODA has a membership of over 2,200 society members and over 1,000 individual enthusiasts staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in venues ranging from the country’s leading professional theatres to village halls.


The vision for the National Operatic and Dramatic Association is that amateur theatre is successful and sustainable, providing a range of opportunities for people to develop their skills and enjoy taking part,
at all levels.


NODA’s mission is to support the education and information needs of individuals and organisations with high quality services and products that contribute to the success of amateur theatre, as well as encouraging appreciation of the sector by participants and audiences alike.

NODA aim to:

  • Give a shared voice to the amateur theatre sector.
  • Help amateur theatre groups and individuals achieve the highest standards of best practice and performance.
  • Provide leadership and advice to enable the amateur theatre sector to tackle the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century

NODA Awards awarded to WAOS

WAOS have won NODA awards for the following shows:

2017: Kiss Me, KateNODA South East Region District 12 - Accolade Of Musical Excellence
2017: CarouselNODA South East Region Runner Up - Best Traditional Musical Award
2015: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet StreetNODA South East Region District 12 - Winner of The Accolade Of Musical Excellence
NODA South East Region - The Haslemere Trophy for Technical Excellence
2012: Children Of EdenNODA South East Region - Roy Portsmouth Trophy for Winner in the Standard Class Programme Competition
2010: The Hired ManNODA South East Region District 12 - Drama Accolade
2009: Into The WoodsNODA South East Region - Award Winning Production
2008: Moll FlandersNODA South East Region - Runner Up of the Basic Programme
2005: Calamity JaneNODA National Programme Competition - Winner of The Barnes Trophy for the Basic Programme Class
NODA Southern Area - Winner of the Basic Programme
2004: Jack The RipperNODA Southern Area - Winner of The Accolade Of Excellence
Runner Up of The Eileen Dobson Trophy Basic Programme Award
2002: Trial By Jury, Fiddler On The RoofNODA Southern Area - Winner of The Richard Trower Trophy Poster Competition
2000: South PacificNODA Award Other Than Production
1997: GigiNODA Southern Area - Winner of The Accolade Of Excellence
1995: The MikadoNODA Southern Area - Winner of The Accolade Of Excellence For The Best Gilbert & Sullivan Award
1993: Blitz!NODA Southern Area - Winner of The Accolade Of Excellence