2019 NODA Awards

After the Wednesday night performance of Footloose, members were presented with the 2019 certificates for long service.

The awards were presented to; Amy Allan, Calum Allan, Robbie Allan, Nadine Anderson, Daisy Campbell, Orla Cannon, Jenna Hamilton, Alice Haughton, Natalie Johnstone, Abi Kelly, Paul MacDonald, Erin MacInnes, Grace McBride, Lily McGuire, Lucy McNaughton, Taylor Milne, Caitlin Peattie-Hume, Kara Russell, Alessandro Sportelli, Bethany Spowart, Katy Walsh.

NODA – National Operatic & Dramatic Association
The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) was founded in 1899 and has a membership of 2500 amateur theatre groups and 3000 individual enthusiasts throughout the UK, staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of performing venues, ranging from the country’s leading professional theatres to village halls.
NODA is divided into eleven regions, each headed by a regional councillor who sits on the national council (the ruling body of the Association), supported by a network of regional representatives. These 180 volunteers are the vital link to the grassroots of the Association, the amateur theatre groups themselves. The Association is administered from its Headquarters in Peterborough, with knowledgeable and friendly staff able to deal with virtually any enquiry relating to amateur theatre.

NODA aims:

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

2019 Trophy Winners.


Congratulations to Erin MacInnes who is this year’s winner of The Mary Watkins Trophy for Commitment and Dedication to Big Bad Wolf Children’s Theatre Company.  The award is presented to the member who has shown outstanding commitment to the Company, across all areas, throughout the year.











Congratulations to Euan Arthur who is the first winner of The Luc Liddell Trophy for Outstanding Achievement. This award is presented, in memory of Luc, to the boy who has had the biggest journey during the year. Euan had an excellent attitude and willingness to listen and learn. Took direction well and was a good role model to the younger boys and girls in the company. He showed commitment and effort which resulted in an excellent performance level on the week of the show.

Footloose “Bursting with life and talent”

The Noda review of our production of Footloose is now available.

Elizabeth Donald of NODA Scotland says:

“Bursting with life and talent, the young cast gave this production their all. From the energetic opening number they engaged with song, dance and action in equal measure. His father having abandoned him and his mother, teenager Ren from Chicago finds moving to Bomont a challenging experience especially when he comes up against the local minister and community and their restrictive law against dancing. The themes of dealing with grief and the adult-teen relationships are sensitively explored. The principals showed they grasped the characters they inhabited bringing out the poignancy in songs like ‘Learning to be Silent’ and ‘Can You Find It in Your Heart’, yet also the exuberance of youth in the signature song ‘Footloose’ and ‘Mama Says’. The linchpin of the show rested on Paul MacDonald in his role of Ren. His singing never missed a beat and his confrontation with Rev. Moore in Act 2 contained a blend of compassion and resistance that resonated with the audience. Freddie Bang showed his talents as the bereaved Rev Shaw Moore – entirely credible and a difficult role for him to portray. Hannah Pearson excelled herself as minister’s wife Vi grieving too yet understanding and caught between the needs of her husband and teenage daughter. Lois McKean grew into the role of daughter trying to deal with the loss of her brother and find her own life. Mature and moving moments like yelling her feelings out as trains passed were well delivered, her singing and dancing were spot on and she was a well-matched singing duo with Ren. Making his mark as Willard Hewitt was Euan Arthur who brought pathos and humour to the role. Daisy Campbell as Rusty exemplified the difficulties found in trying to understand the tongue tied Willard. Daniel Scrymgeour played Chuck the villain with conviction as did Erin McInnes as Ren’s Mum Ethel. The fast pace of the show centred on the energetic and acrobatic choreograph. Good direction brought out lovely harmonies. Transitions from scene to scene were smoothly accomplished, costumes were age and era-appropriate and scenery and lighting complimented the action. Great show. Such energy. Well Done. 354”


The review on the NODA site can be found here.