Committee - East Midlands
Nigel HancocksRegional Councillor / Councillor / Volunteer
Alison RobertsRegional Secretary / Regional Secretary / Membership Secretary / Volunteer
Caroline JervisRegional Treasurer / Awards Secretary / Volunteer
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 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)
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 / 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.
Stuart BullRegional Representative (District EM05)
Jules JonesRegional Representative (District EM05)
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.
Christine ClarkeRegional Representative / Volunteer (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 .
Luke CampbellRegional Representative (District EM07)
Luke has been involved in amateur theatre in Northamptonshire for over a decade. During this period, he has held many posts at Irchester Players, including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Business Manager, and Trustee. His managerial specialisms lie in compliance and regulation (including obtaining charitable status for theatre groups and safeguarding), marketing, and fundraising.
Over his time at Irchester Players (2013 – 2019), Luke worked to obtained charitable status for the society, which was successfully obtained in 2018 when Irchester Players Charitable Incorporated Organisation came into existence. He also launched the charity’s youth division ‘Irchester Players Youth’. His time at Irchester Players was characterised by increasing the community focus of the group’s work – something Luke is extremely proud of.
Whilst at Irchester Players, Luke performed in a wide range of productions. He later focused on Committee work; and directing and producing a range of shows including plays, musicals, pantomimes, revues, and concerts. Many of his productions were award winning, attracting District and Regional NODA awards.
He is also a trained ballroom dancer, who competed on the open amateur circuit for much of his teens. Given his dance background, Luke has also been known to choreograph numbers in musicals and pantomimes.
Luke served, for a short period, as the East Midland Representative for District 8. He is delighted to now be representing District 7, his home stomping ground, and is looking forward to focusing on supporting the District and East Midlands Committee.
Keith LoynesRegional Representative / Volunteer (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 / Volunteer
Lives in Nottingham where she is Director of Spotlight Theatre School. Member of the NODA Youth Advisors’ Group.
Alex WoodWebsite Editor / Magazine Editor / Volunteer
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.