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 District 12 Accolade Of Excellence
2015: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet StreetNODA South-East Regional Award for Technical Excellence &
NODA South-East District 12 Accolade Of Excellence
2012: Children Of EdenRoy Portsmouth Trophy for best Standard Programme in the Region
2010: The Hired ManNODA Award Winning Production
2009: Into The WoodsNODA Award Winning Production
2008: Moll FlandersNODA Award Other Than Production
2005: Calamity JaneNODA Award Other Than Production &
NODA Programme Competition National Winner
2004: Jack The RipperNODA Award Winning Production &
Award Other Than Production
2002: Trial By Jury, Fiddler On The RoofNODA Award Other Than Production
2000: South PacificNODA Award Other Than Production
1997: GigiNODA Award Winning Production
1995: The MikadoNODA Award Winning Production
1993: Blitz!NODA Award Winning Production