The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA), founded in 1899, is the leading representative body for amateur theatre in the UK. Dunfermline G&S Society has been affiliated to NODA since the Society was first formed back in 1970. NODA has a membership of approximately 2,400 amateur theatre groups and over 2,000 individual members staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of venues ranging from the country’s leading professional theatres to village halls. Covering a broad spectrum of age ranges, NODA offers support to member societies for performers, those involved backstage, front of house or in society administration.

NODA’s stated aims:

  • To give a shared voice to amateur theatre
  • To help societies and individuals achieve the highest standards of best practice and performance
  • To provide leadership and advice to enable amateur theatre to tackle the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

To achieve these aims NODA is divided into eleven regions, each headed by a regional councillor who sits on the national council and he or she is supported by a network of regional representatives and officials. These volunteers are the vital link to the grass roots of the Association; the theatre groups themselves and their members. We are fortunate at DGASS as our own Mike Pendlowski has just been appointed to replace John Urquhart as the representative for Fife.

Membership of NODA provides theatre groups and individuals with a wide range of benefits including representation to government, access to funding agencies, direct access to rights holders and the media as well access to regional and national conferences, workshops and seminars to help share information on best practice.

For more information on NODA Scotland, contact ku.gro.adonnull@ikswoldnep.ekim.

NODA Long Service Awards

As a member of NODA Scotland it is our practice to give NODA awards to members when they reach certain milestones in their lives as amateur society members in any capacity, and these are recorded on our NODA Long Service Awards page.

Next appearance

Your next chance to see the Society on stage at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline will be on 13–15 February 2025 for the première run of The Jury’s Out.

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