North East - Committee
Leslie SmithRegional Councillor / COUNCILLOR
I have been involved with Noda societies for almost 50 years, during that time I have worked with many societies in both South and West Yorkshire plus understudying for one North Yorkshire society.
I have been a Regional Rep. for Noda North East for 6 years until becoming Noda North East Councillor in September 2017.
Judy McMurrayREGIONAL SECRETARY
Terry HarrisonREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District NE01)
After making my stage debut at the New Theatre, Hull, I have been a member of Harrogate Operatic Players and Harrogate Gilbert and Sullivan Society for more than 35 years. I have served on the committee of the latter for many years, including several as either Treasurer or Chairman. Although usually to be found in the chorus, I have played some minor principal roles for both Societies, including that of the beggar in “Fiddler on the Roof”, a part considered somewhat appropriate in view of my 35 year career in banking! I enjoy seeing productions, both amateur and professional, in many parts of the U.K. Away from the stage, I enjoy watching county cricket.
Helen DentREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District NE02)
Tony HarrisREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE / EDITOR (District NE03)
John ParsonsREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE / MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY (District NE04)
I have been involved with NODA and amateur theatre for 47 years in Scunthorpe and Birmingham.
During this time I have actively been involved in both plays and musicalsperforming principal roles and also ensemble (chorus as most like to call it).
I am the Regional Representative for Region 4 and also Subscriptions Secretary for the North East.
Mary TittertonREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District NE06)
I joined Sheffield Teachers OS as a non-playing member in 1961. Also joined Woodseats OS rehearsing for 1962 production of White Horse Inn. I became a playing member of Sheffield Teachers OS in 1962 rehearsing for Song of Norway and remained with the society as a playing member until 1986. In 1967 I was appointed Secretary of Woodseats OS, retiring in 1991. Made a Vice President of the Society and a Non Playing Member until 2005. From 1968 – 1972 was a playing member of Meersbrook Park Church OS performing Gilbert & Sullivan and from 1970 – 1973 a playing member of Croft House OS.
1983 – 2011 NODA North East Regional Secretary working with Councillors George Adlington (8 years) Reg Vinnicombe (10 years) and Chris Ingram (10 years). 1986 received Association’s Silver Medal for 25 years service to Amateur Theatre. 1991/1996/2001/2006 received Association’s Silver Bars for a further 20 years service. 2001 elected Regional Representative for Sheffield & District – a position I still hold today. 2008 became Honorary Member of NODA for 25 years service to the Association. In 2011 received the NODA Gold Bar Award for 50 years service to Amateur Theatre, and 2012 was made a Life Member of Woodseats Musical Theatre Company.
Noel RiggREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District NE07)
I was involved in the textile trade for most of my working life. I am married to Dorothy who I met on the stage during a performance of Rose Marie, we have 2 daughters and a son and six grandchildren 4 boys and 2 girls. My mother and father were both involved with the Operatic Society at our local congregational chapel. I became involved with amateur operatics when my father became President of Dewsbury Collegians A.O.S. in 1957 where I have now been a member for about 60 years and have been awarded the NODA 50 year long service medal. I have been a NODA Rep for 29 years and am now an Honorary Life Member of NODA.
David LockwoodREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District NE08)
A former sports journalist and theatre reviewer for a daily local newspaper, I have been actively involved in amateur theatre for 44 years and was delighted to take on the role of a regional rep for NODA a couple of years ago.
During my 'acting' years I was lucky enough to work in various parts of Yorkshire (and one in Lancahire), playing leading roles in shows in Leeds, Bradford, Halifax, Brighouse and Hebden Bridge, although my primary area was in Huddersfield where I enjoyed playing with six different groups.
Over the last 25 years or so I have also particularly enjoyed directing for a number of companies, The Buddy Holly Story (twice), Chicago, Footloose, Little Shop of Horrors (twice) and Return to The Forbidden Planet among my favourites.
Now retired from the day job, I still enjoy watching musicals, both Amateur and Professional, as well as whiling some of my time away on the golf course.
B CastleREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District NE09)
Jacqui HartleyREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District NE10)
I started dancing at the age of three, and was invited to join my Local Light Opera Society at the age of fourteen in 1952. They required a dancer who could do Pointe work so I was allowed into the Society two years prior to my Sixteenth birthday.
Eventually I became their Choreographer and later Director/Choreographer, also I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to do the Yorkshire premier of "La Cage Aux Folles".
A little later I went on to direct and choreographer for several other society's in the area, making many friends in our world of Amateur Theatre.
In the year 2000 I became a NODA Rep and I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment. I also run a NODA Awards scheme for the Society's In my district presenting eleven different Trophies each year to the Society's and it's members including Juniors.
Sally HolmesREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District NE11)
My first real recollection of Amateur Operatics was in 1973 - when I was 8 years old!. I spent the whole half term holiday lying on the beach learning my dad’s lines and songs for his part of Tevye in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ – I came back from holiday word perfect - unfortunately Dad didn’t!
After helping out ‘front of house’ and backstage for many years, I started ‘treading the boards’ in 1980, appearing in the chorus and taking a few minor principal rolesinitially.
I was also proud to perform in the NODA Cabaret at Bridlington’s’ Spa Theatre in October 2001 - this has probably been the most nerve wrecking moment of my life…to date!
Having always been interested in the administration side of Society life I have also served on Executive and Social Committees
I received my 30 year NODA Long Service Award for services to Amateur Theatre. My 35 year award is now a little overdue!
I have attended the NODA North East Gala weekend, at the Spa Complex in Bridlington, for many years – a weekend which I look forward to immensely. As part of the organising committee for this event, is does tend to be a 12 month “rolling role” that I enjoy immensely.
Judith SmithREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District NE12)
My love of theatre started in my very early years when I was taken to rehearsals with Mum & Dad, passing through the Drama Society at school I joined my first AODS aged 16 in the chorus of ‘Oklahoma’ for Harrogate Operatic Players.
Moving to Baildon I joined two local Societies, Bradford G&S and Shipley Wesleyan Reform AODS. I was soon asked to join other Societies including The Bradford Players which led me to performing principal roles in the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford in addition to those in The Library Theatre.
From there I was invited to join the Savoyards Appreciation Society – trips to perform in various venues in England, Ireland, Wales, USA, Majorca and Hungary.. I was with the Savoyards for just over 15 years performing all the G&S repertoire and playing 22 different leading roles. John Reed the ex D’Oyly Carte Patter Man encouraged me to become a Director/Producer and that started the next phase of my theatrical career.
Hedley Teale asked me if I would Direct a G&S Company for which he was Musical Director at Yeadon Town Hall. I stayed with Aireborough G&S for 16 years taking on other G&S Societies in Bingley and Wakefield, directing plays and musicals from Settle to Wetherby. I have enjoyed every minute and now have come full circle Directing a show to be performed in Bradford Alhambra.
In and among I have held most positions on Committee and was Chairman of Harrogate G&S Society for my allotted five years. Delighted to be elected a Regional Representative for NODA and to be appointed Chairman for the NODA National Regional Representatives Committee.
Geoff HaywoodREGIONAL TREASURER / REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District NE13)
Julie WebbREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE / EDITOR (District NE14)
Pamela BoothREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE / AWARDS SECRETARY (District NE15)
I first entered the world of drama in my teens when I joined the drama group at church although I have to confess to finding a photograph of myself at about the age of four dressed as a snowflake in white crepe paper and cotton wool but my memories of this are very hazy.
I was lured into the local Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society after watching my older sister in a production of Guys and Dolls and falling for the leading man. Where better to meet a young man, and believe it or not I did! In our first show, which was Vagabond King, we met and we both remained loyal members for many years. I loved the musicals and had various roles in them but my first love has to be plays. I was very lucky to be given a variety of parts and experience a good selection of plays in the two groups that I belonged to. I also tried my hand at directing, something I think all actors should have a go at. I love attending the plays in my district and seeing how adventurous some of them are. This is the way to keep drama fresh and keep the D in NODA.
Bryan CravenREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE / WEBSITE EDITOR (District NE16)
Giles AtkinsonREGIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBER
Joanne SykesYOUTH ADVISER
I have been a member of St Giles with St Mary’s Pantomime/Theatre Society since the age of 11. I have played principal roles in their productions for 30 years (from Dorothy to the Wicked Witch) and was the Society Secretary for 23years. I was very proud to be made a Life Member in 2015and value the fabulous opportunities and friendships amateur theatre has given me. I produced my first pantomime for the society last year and am looking forward to future productions. I have also performed with 5Towns MusicalTheatre Society and Crigglestone Community Theatre Company where I am very happy to be singing and dancing in the chorus. My husband and daughter are both involved and my proudest moment was when Elizabeth played Marta in The Sound of Music.
As Youth Adviser I am committed to supporting societies to offer opportunities to young members and am keen to get to know more youth societies and those societies with youth membership in the North East. I feel the opportunities presented by amateur theatre are far wide than just the chance to ‘be on stage’ and develop theatre craft – team work, negotiation, commitment, confidence and hard work are all part of the skill set needed to be involved in amateur societiesand these are attributes which can be used across our daily lives and in our careers.
Professionally I have managed services in Education, Community Safety, Cohesion and Preventing Violent Extremism for local authorities across South and West Yorkshire. I am currently project manager working to improve resettlement outcomes for young people leaving custody on behalf of the Youth Justice Board.