LOCAL theatre groups have been given a financial helping hand as they prepare to stage a bumper year of celebrations in 2013.
The Lanarkshire branch of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA), which supports the area’s amateur societies and clubs, has received a cash boost of £2,013 from the Supercounty civic pride campaign to help it Celebrate Lanarkshire 2013.
NODA supports 14 amateur societies and clubs with the aim of helping them achieve the highest standards of best practice and performance through training and support.
David Black, NODA Lanarkshire representative, explained: “NODA ensures that affiliated clubs are successful and sustainable by providing opportunities for people to develop skills and support education and information needs.
“The Lanarkshire organisations are exceptionally hard working with productions taking place throughout the year.”
Among those groups are the Motherwell-based Ups and Downs Theatre Group which is performing ‘Take 18’ at the Hamilton Townhouse this week.
David said: “As I am also heavily involved with the Ups and Downs Theatre Group, I understand the issues facing the organisations, from venues to ticket sales, from membership to funding.
“The support from Supercounty has been fantastic; together we are all working to the same objective – to highlight and celebrate Lanarkshire, a county that is full of really good people doing really amazing things.
“This money will be used for a collective event which will allow all NODA affiliated groups to celebrate their success.”
Supercounty head John Scott added: “The amateur societies and clubs are a credit to Lanarkshire.
“The vast number of people involved is incredible; the actors themselves are supported by an army of volunteers to make the musicals, plays, concerts and pantomimes the wonderful success they are.
“I would like to encourage communities across Lanarkshire to support their local theatrical club. It’s a wonderful entertaining evening suitable for all the family.”
Other NODA-supported groups include Motherwell & Wishaw Amateur Operatic Society who are performing Return to the Forbidden Plant at Motherwell Theatre from Monday, March 11, until Saturday, March 16.
The Easter Egg (Dalziel High School Former Pupils’ Association) will take to the stage with Opposites Attract at Motherwell Civic Theatre in April, while Our Lady’s Musical Society’s adaptation of Guys and Dolls will be at Motherwell Civic Theatre in November.