Post written by Erin Walcon
What a whirlwind event the NODA North East conference was! I so enjoyed the opportunity to meet so many dynamic and fascinating groups gathered together in one place. Over the weekend, I observed stage combat training, singing and dancing workshops, two outstanding amateur cabaret productions with full production values, and a vibrant community full of enthusiasm for their craft.
Thanks to NODA NE and to all the conference delegates for their warm welcome. In particular, I'd like to thank Brian, Nicholas, Judy, David, Lee, John, Jo, Rosie (and family) and Tony for taking the time to sit down with me and have a chat about their experiences of being involved in amateur dramatics, as well as their thoughts about the sector itself.
As a first foray, this was an exceptional opportunity, and I hope that it will result in some extended contact with all of your amateur organisations.
Many thanks alll, look forward to seeing you again soon!