Best production heads top drama awards list

Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society NODA winners for 2014 productions are, from the left, Alexandra Townend - choreographer, Helen Clarkson - Musical Director and Lisa Parker - Assistant choreographer for Hairspray.
Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society NODA winners for 2014 productions are, from the left, Alexandra Townend - choreographer, Helen Clarkson - Musical Director and Lisa Parker - Assistant choreographer for Hairspray.

Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society scooped four top awards for their 2014 productions in the regional NODA awards for the north west, held at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-Le-Moors, last Friday.

The National Operatic and Dramatic Association awards are the Oscars of amateur theatre, with TAODS’ productions of The 39 Steps and end-of-year smash hit musical Hairspray bringing in two awards each, against competition from 26 other amateur theatres in the North West region 3 and 10.

Joyce Fraser won the award for best supporting female in a play for her role in The 39 Steps, and the same production saw Andrew Rawlinson win the award for best artistic direction of a play.

The young cast of Hairspray, performed in the run up to Christmas by the Hippodrome Youth Theatre section, and the production team are ecstatic that it scooped the award for best youth show, delight that only increased when it also won the highly prestigious best overall production award.

lIn TAODS’ next production at its Hippodrome Theatre, Wuthering Heights welcomes a new talent in the form of Tom Jennings who is to play the part of Heathcliffe.

Tom says he has always had a love for acting ever since his first role as Mr Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol when he was eight years old.

He was an extra in the 2011 film production of Wuthering Heights and the role of Heathcliff has always been one he has wanted to play.

Tom organises a charity The Pace Egg Play every year. He studied drama at Calder High School and has attended acting classes in Manchester.

Wuthering Heights runs at the theatre, in Halifax Road, from from Wednesday, February 25, to Saturday, February 28.

Tickets are all £8 for the Wednesday night, are £10/£8 concessions on Thursday and Friday, while all Saturday night tickets are £10.

There is also a special student deal on Thursday for 16-18 year olds and NUS cardholders by calling Sylvia on 07722 236837 or at the box office on the night of the performance. Book tickets on the theatre’s website http://www.todhip.org/ or on ticket line 0333 666 3366.

Tickets can also be obtained from Todmorden Tourist Information Centre. Groups bookings of ten plus people can get a 10 per cent discount online. Performance begins 7.30pm each evening (doors open at 7pm).