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N.O.D.A. The National Operatic and Dramatic Association
, 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. Reports are now printed in the Amateur Stage Magazine (see below).
National Operatic & Dramatic Association
Amdram.co.uk - The site’s primary intention is to promote amateur theatre. Has a useful groups, events & people search facility. www.Amdram.co.uk
Amdram.net - Amateur Theatre Community was first conceptually designed by a team of amdram enthusiasts who realised that the internet would become an ever increasingly important promotion mechanism for amateur theatre groups and societies.
Amateur Dramatic - contains over 40 articles written by their experts who continually update and add new content.
"Sardines" - The UK's professional magazine for the amateur theatre. Information & show guide etc. www.SardinesMagazine.co.uk
Amateur Stage Magazine - a national monthly magazine aimed at the amateur theatre community, bringing news, reviews, features, interviews and show listings to amateur theatre enthusiasts.
Now incorporates the regular NODA reports
Stage Talk - A monthly TV spot by satellite (free-to-air) & on-line. They also have a what's on page, a ticketing service and various other features.
StageStatus - A web-site where industry professionals and theatre lovers can share their experiences and opinions. Also a knowledge base for aspiring students and future professionals.
ScriptSwap - The place to go if you have old scripts or need scripts for a future production. A new website that we hope will become the eBay of the theatre world. It`s totally free to join and there are no hidden fees. (If you do go there and think `where is everybody?`, remember that this site was only launched recently - we have to start somewhere!)
Speech Accent Archive - uniformly presents a large set of speech samples from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English read the same paragraph and are carefully transcribed.
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Newbury theatre guide - Find out about theatre events coming up in and around Newbury and West Berkshire, reaching out to Oxford, Basingstoke and Reading. www.NewburyTheatre.co.uk
Daily Info - What's on & advertising, has a good Theatre section reviews. They will even send a reviewer to the first night of your show if you ask.
WhereCanWeGo.com Britain's What's On Event Guide.
============ THEATRES =============
Oxford Playhouse - Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LW
www.OxfordPlayhouse.com Box Off Tel: 01865 305305
New Theatre - George St, Oxford, OX1 2AG
Box Off Tel: 0844 847 1585 (exorbitant booking fees apply!).
Theatre (Postal Bookings & enquiries) 01865 320760.
The Watermill Theatre - Bagnor, Newbury, Berks RG20 8AE.
Built in a stunning converted mill situated in beautiful gardens on the bank of the river Lambourn just outside Newbury.
Box Off: 01635 46044.
'THE MILL AT SONNING - Sonning Eye, Reading, RG4 6TY.
A delightful theatre set on the river. It provides an appealing theatrical experience that includes an excellent dinner in the restaurant before watching the play.
Box Office: 0118 969 8000
The Kenton Theatre - the fourth-oldest working theatre in the country. It is a Regency gem, set in the heart of Henley-on-Thames. Box Office 01491 575698.
Chipping Norton Theatre - a theatre, an arthouse cinema, a gallery and a concert hall, a resource for our community, but also a professional venue. Box Office: 01608 642350
Cornerstone, 25 Station Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7NE.
Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RE.
Pegasus is an arts centre in East Oxford specialising in a range of performing arts for young people, and the making & presentation of new works. Box Office 01865 812150 or book on-line
Unicorn Theatre, Chequer Walk, Abingdon, OX14 3HZ - An intimate Elizabethan-style theatre built into a restored Benedictine abbey. Used by several local amateur groups.