Committee - East Midlands
Jules JonesRegional Councillor / Councillor / Volunteer
I have over 40 years experience of amateur dramatics. Music Hall, choirs, pantomimes, musicals and plays. I have lived in Surrey, West Sussex and now Lincolnshire. I have probably been involved with 10 different dramatic societies or choirs over the years and been a member of NODA for the almost 20. I have taken on many roles within the societies I have been a member of, both on and off the stage. I particularly enjoy directing, but can turn my hand to set design, backdrop painting, lighting and my favourite hobby is making props and costumes. I used to dance and can appreciate challenges in choreography as well as directing music based shows. When I get an opportunity to act I tend to throw myself into the role and enjoy experimenting with a character and imagining a whole backstory to enable me to give the best performance. Even with a non-speaking walk-on role! I find myself getting involved with fund raising and the running of the society I belong to, currently Secretary for St Nicolas Players who recently became a charity. I have also acted for medical based emergency training scenarios and GP training for which I travel all over the UK. Being involved with NODA is an opportunity to experience productions and shows from many other groups, to get to know theatrical communities, and meeting with amateurs who share my passion for the craft. It is also a privilege to pass on my experience in the form of a show report which will hopefully be appreciated by all members of NODA and the societies involved.
Alison RobertsRegional Secretary / Regional Secretary / Membership Secretary / Volunteer
My interest in amateur dramatics started when I was quite young, being taken to local productions by my mum and her dotty aunts. In the Sixth Form at school I enjoyed being on stage in several school productions and as part of a dance group. At 18 I had my first part in a play with my church drama group – well, they needed someone to play a girl doing her A Levels!
Moving to Northampton, as a student I loved my studies of both Modern Educational Dance and Drama as part of my Combined Studies degree, and helping out backstage with the annual G&S production.
After I had my two daughters, I joined the admin staff at a large secondary school, working initially for the Expressive Arts team, where I became very involved in the school shows. I choreographed “Bugsy Malone”, “Joseph” and “Little Shop of Horrors”, and costumed “Evita”, “We Will Rock You” and “Beauty and the Beast” (which nearly finished me off!). I spent my last 8 years at the school as Clerk to the Governors.
I first joined Hardingstone Players 22 years ago, after a friend roped me in to help front of house. My first part was playing Vera in “Stepping Out”, which was very scary but such great fun. I’ve been a member of Players ever since and have held the post of Treasurer for several years now. As it’s a very small group I enjoy the challenge of multiple roles, from tea lady to costume making, prompt to Director (and often at the same time!).
I am a regular attender (and great fan) of NODA Summer School - not least because it gave me the courage to first try my hand at directing.
I’ve been Secretary of NODA East Midlands since July 2017.
Kelly TaylorRegional Treasurer / Volunteer
Keith Scott-SavageRegional Representative / Volunteer (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 / Volunteer (District EM02)
Martin HoltomRegional Representative / Volunteer (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.
Julie AddisonRegional Representative / Volunteer (District EM04)
Stuart BullRegional Representative / Volunteer (District EM04)
Stuart started in amateur dramatics at the age of 14 in the now defunct Harcourt Players in Essex, and continued acting and singing at medical school. After a gap when he was concentrating on career, mortgage and family, he began performing again in this area with many societies including BOS MTG, Cutwater Productions, Boston Playgoers, Peterborough G&S Society, West Norfolk G&S Society, Peak Opera, Savoynet, and Nene Opera. He has played dozens of roles, and has directed several productions, and received several area awards and one regional nomination for his productions.
Colin BlacklerRegional Representative / Volunteer (District EM06)
Spencer BarlowRegional Representative / Volunteer (District EM08)
Amanda HallYouth Coordinator / Youth / Volunteer
Lives in Nottingham where she is Director of Spotlight Theatre School. Member of the NODA Youth Advisors’ Group.
David RidoutAwards Secretary