The National Operatic and Dramatic Association is outraged today on behalf of its members — the country's admirable amateur companies. NODA has taken exception to the Arts Council and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport linking up to encourage young people's interest in theatre by distributing free tickets to see excellent professional productions. NODA's chief executive Tony Gibbs fumed: "If DCMS and the Arts Council really want to encourage young people to participate in the arts, they should be focusing on funding those very young people to participate at a local level in the first instance as opposed to issuing such gimmicks. But why would young people want to participate in something they haven't seen done fabulously?
Amateur Dramatics: Crafting Communities in Time and Space
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Earlier this month, a large group of academics, writers, theatre-makers and individuals passionate about amateur theatre gathered at Royal Holloway University in London. Our own Performing Rights Manager, Tamara von Werthern, was there to participate in panel discussions, and to report back on what she discovered about the state of amateur theatre today…. I have been involved in amateur theatre for a long time now. In my capacity as Performing Rights Manager at Nick Hern Books, I license amateur performances of a huge number of plays, and my daily work is advising amateur groups on how to select a play to perform, and how to apply for the rights. So I thought I had the measure of the amateur theatre community. And yet despite this, I was taken aback recently when I spent the day at Royal Holloway, talking to people for whom amateur theatre is a vocation. The sheer passion and enthusiasm on display, and the commitment to artistic excellence that was consistently demonstrated, left me feeling inspired and overawed.
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Strata Reflection Philippa Simpson. Reigate Photographic. With Dame Judi Dench as their patron, the company's origins date back to , although it was not until that performances were given under the arches of Horley railway station.