National Operatic & Dramatic Association
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About Us

Who are we?

NODA is the national body that represents amateur theatre. Any amateur theatre society can become a member of NODA. NODA was founded in 1899, “to protect and advance the interests of operatic and dramatic art, and of societies engaged therein”. Our membership continues with over 2,000 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.

What do we do?

We support and inspire amateur theatre. Our vision 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.

We aim to:

How are we run?

NODA has an elected council, comprising 11 councillors, the Chairman and the President. Each councillor represents a region, and each region has a committee which works to sustain and promote amateur theatre in their part of the country. There are five staff members at HO based in Peterborough.

Why should I join?

NODA offers a huge range of benefits to its members

How do I join?

If you are joining as new member you can download the membership application form or call the office on 01733 374790 and we can send you one in the post.

How can I renew my membership?

The easiest way to renew is online. 

What are the different types of membership?

There are lots of types of membership on offer. You can join as a society, an individual or a joint member, an associate or even a school or college. We also have corporate membership available to businesses. The two main types are society membership which entitles everyone in your theatre group to access our benefits, and individual membership which is a bit more like being a friend of NODA.

How do I access members' only information?

Check out our FAQs page

If you need anything, we're always at the end of the phone, just call HQ on 01733 374790 and we'll be able to help.