N O DA Awards
Theydon Bois Drama Society is a member of NODA – the National Operatic and Dramatic Association. In recent years we have been nominated for (and won) several NODA awards.
An Area Representative from NODA attends nearly every one of our productions and provides us with a critique of the same. This is distributed to all members of the cast and crew and the Committee. These critiques provide us with useful feedback and constructive criticism, not only with regard to the performances themselves but also the set, lighting, direction etc. Over a period of one year a NODA representative will see approximately ten plays and they may decide that one of these plays is good enough to be put forward for an award. Alternatively, they may decide that nothing they have seen is good enough and therefore no submission is made.
When a production is nominated, it means that the representative feels that this is the best play they have seen all year within their area. Combine this nomination with the submissions from all the other NODA representatives from other areas and it usually gives a total in excess of 30 plays. Being nominated is a win in itself.
Theydon Drama has been nominated for awards on an almost annual basis over the past ten years.
We have also won three awards outright, the first was for “The Roses of Eyam” directed by Jan Freeman in 2005 for which we were awarded The Ron Kench Shield for Drama; which is for the best dramatic production. The second was the Flame Award in 2008, “For Inspirational Contribution to the Pursuit of Excellence in the Theatre”, giving for the extremely high quality of our sets, all built by members of the Society (a photograph of the presentation can be seen on our home page) and in 2009 we won The Pat Redhead Drama Award for “By Jeeves” also directed by Jan Freeman.