The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA), founded in 1899, is the main representative body for amateur theatre in the UK. It has a membership of some 2500 amateur/community 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. Members have access to a wide range of benefits.

NODA is divided into eleven National Regions, each headed by an Region Councillor who sits on the Council (the ruling body of the Association), supported by a network of Regional Representatives and other volunteers. These volunteers are the vital link to the grass roots of the Association, the amateur theatre companies themselves. The Association is administered from its Headquarters in Peterborough, with a knowledgeable and friendly staff able to deal with virtually any enquiry relating to amateur theatre.

There is a broad spectrum of ages involved with amateur theatre nationwide, from a burgeoning number of youth groups to adult companies, which meet the needs of all levels of both performers, whether dramatic or musical, and enthusiasts involved backstage, front of house or in administration.



Bonkers Theatrical are an independant multi award winning theatrical production company based in Kettering and formed in 2008. To date they are the only company in the area to boast their own venue, Bonkers Playhouse in Victoria Street, Kettering.

Originally formed to produce hard hitting straight plays, they have also staged several comedy’s and will soon produce thier first musical.



The first
ever show for this group was produced in 1974. Over 50 Children are part
of the cast each year and to get the show to the high levels the Group
expect, over 100 hours of rehearsal time will have been clocked up by
the time the show opens.

The shows
have come a long way over the years and whereas the first show was
staged for a few hundred pounds, these days it costs several thousand
pounds to put on a production.



The Cytringan Players have been stalwarts
of theatre in the Kettering area for many, many years and always bring a
high standard of production to the stage.



Founded in 1956, producing at least 2 shows a year. Having performed classics such as “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Oliver” and “South Pacific”, along with shows such as “Spend, Spend, Spend” , “Disco Inferno” and “Acorn Antiques.” We also stage many song and dance variety shows and comedy plays and farces.




was one of the first performers of musical productions in the town.
Founded on March 7th 1919, the society was originally named the
Kettering Amateur Operatic Society.  The first work to be performed was
“Dorothy”, at the Victoria Hall, Gold Street (later the Victoria Picture
House – now demolished), on December 16th, – 20th the same year.
Reformed after the war as Kettering Junior Operatic Society under the
auspices of Miss Gladys Riseley MBE the Society has continued to offer a
wide range of productions to the Kettering public every year since



Corby Amateur Theatrical Society is a
performing arts charity operating in the Corby area of Northamptonshire.
We have been staging productions for over 50 years using the phenomenal
talent local to Corby. Our members don’t just act, sing and dance but
also provide the backstage technical skills that are essential for a
successful performance. If you are interested in any aspect of the
theatre then supporting CATS is a great way to help a local charity
entertain the public.