Committee - East Midlands
Nanette LovellRegional Councillor / COUNCILLOR
I have been Councillor for the East Midlands for 6 years. Prior to this I was a representative and secretary for the East Midlands. I first knew of NODA when I joined Northampton Amateur Operatic Company (now Northampton Musical Theatre Company) in 1974. I was in numerous musical theatre productions starting in the chorus and moving through the ranks to playing leading roles – my favourite being the classic “Mrs Higgins” in “My Fair Lady”. I still enjoy performing as well as seeing so many wonderful productions throughout the East Midlands.
Alison RobertsREGIONAL SECRETARY / REGIONAL SECRETARY / MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY
Keith Scott-SavageREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District EM01)
I have been involved with the local amateur theatre scene for over 50 years, starting with the local youth club performing pantomimes, and then joining my present company where I am now President. I have also appeared in many productions by a number of local companies. My experience is both on the stage and behind the scenes, in production, and every other aspect of theatre life.
Joyce HandburyREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District EM02)
I first became involved with amateur theatre in 1956 when I both acted in and produced plays with Ripley Players. In 1967 I joined Ripley Cooperative Operatic Society, which became Ripley & Alfreton Operatic Society and is now Ripley & Alfreton Musical Theatre Company, performing as a chorus member and playing cameo roles. I have produced pantomimes and choreographed numerous school shows. I have been Treasurer and Ticket Secretary for the Ripley & Alfreton group since 1969, Front of House Manager since 1999 and was involved with the publicity and produced show programmes for the Society for a number of years.
Martin HoltomREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District EM03)
Martin first experienced performance as part of the South Humberside School’s Brass Band playing for the Queen and Prince Philip at ‘Brigg Fair’ as part of the 1977 Silver Jubilee celebrations, before moving into drama at school and 6th form college. This included acting, directing and writing his own material in several end of term ‘satirical revues’ which ‘have luckily have never since seen the light of day…’
Martin has subsequently appeared in and directed, a variety of plays and musicals from ‘Little Shop’ to ‘Much Ado’ with his one claim to fame being the ‘face’ (well silhouetted body), of the 2012 RSC Open Stages National Showcase in Stratford where he played Oberon in ‘The Pocket Dream’ at the Swan Theatre.
In June 2015 he became NODA East Midlands Region 3 District Rep and is very much enjoying this great opportunity to experience the different types of theatre across Nottinghamshire and is constantly delighted by the quality and enthusiasm he sees in all the productions throughout the year.
Andrew KeyREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District EM04)
Hello. I’m Andrew Key - with a lifelong love of theatre. This started at Primary School as I recall playing the King in ‘The Royal Stomach Ache’. At Carre’s Grammar School in Sleaford I took part in several school productions and since leaving have been a member of several groups. Heckington Players has been my main society for more than 30 years, with many there as the Dame in panto and other roles from Runnicles in ‘No Sex We’re British’ (twice – ten years part) to Toad in Wind in the Willows. I’ve performed with Sleaford Little Theatre, Boston Playgoers and Boston Operatic, where my favourite part was Cliff in ‘Cabaret’. Whilst working away at one time, I even appeared with Heanor Operatic Society in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. Over the years I’ve also produced and directed lots of shows and served on committees.
I remember well the visits of the NODA Rep to productions and anxiously awaiting their reviews. My aim as a NODA Rep myself now is to help nurture and encourage local amateur theatre to flourish, with the emphasis on ‘encourage’. My sincere hope is that everyone can enjoy our wonderful hobby and find their lives enriched by it, as much as mine has been.
Christine ClarkeREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District EM06)
Chris Clarke began her time as a NODA rep representing area's 6A & 6B which have now become 6 and has been associated with the amateur movement for over 50 years .
Caroline JervisREGIONAL TREASURER / REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE / AWARDS SECRETARY (District EM07)
I have been involved with amateur dramatics since 1977, as a performer with Kettering Youth Theatre Group, Kettering Operatic Society, Kettering Hillside Theatre Group, Corby Amateur Theatrical Society, Market Harborough and Bonkers Theatrical. I have also been a Properties Mistress and Assistant Stage Manager. I was the Treasurer for Kettering Youth Theatre Group for five years and their Chairman for three years. I love all genres of theatre and am very proud to represent East Midlands District 7. I am also Regional Treasurer.
Keith LoynesREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District EM08)
My first stage role after leaving school was in 1978 as the stationmaster in Arnold Ridley's The Ghost Train. After that I waited fifteen years and several house moves before, with a little encouragement from my wife, joining The Northampton Gilbert & Sullivan Society for the '93 production of Pirates of Penzance. The following year I played Jack Point in Yeoman of the Guard and also joined The Northampton Amateur Operatic Society (now The Northampton Musical Theatre Company). My first part with NMTC was Sid Pornick in Half a Sixpence. Since then the family have maintained our ties with NMTC and last year my son Matthew and I were in the fantastic production of Made in Dagenham.
I was elected to the NMTC committee in October 2019.
This year sees another milestone as Matthew and I join my elder son Sam, a longstanding member of The Hinckley Amateur Operatic Society, for their May production of Calamity Jane.
I don't think anything can match the magic of live theatre, either performing, backstage or in the audience. Every performance will be slightly different and every performance is special. So to everyone involved, I thank you!
Amanda HallYOUTH COORDINATOR / Youth
Lives in Nottingham where she is Director of Spotlight Theatre School. Member of the NODA Youth Advisors’ Group.
Alex WoodWEBSITE EDITOR / Magazine Editor
Is a retired teacher who got the theatre bug while working front of house as a teenager at Northampton's Royal Theatre. Has performed a number of roles in amateur theatre, on stage and offstage, most recently as Jim in Humble Boy and played Lipari in the Royal's 2019 production of A View From The Bridge. Favourite plays include Black Watch and favourite musical, Into the Woods - though he would say that no visit to the theatre is wasted. Also Regional Webmaster.