Glossop Operatic and Dramatic Society

The Society

Officially we exist to provide entertainment and education in the arts to the Glossop public. This formal statement of our aims provides the framework resulting in thousands of hours of enjoyment for cast and audience alike.

NODA North West: Best Pantomime 2004/5

Until it was mothballed by High Peak Borough Council the Victoria Hall was our home where produced two shows a year - a traditional pantomime or similar family show a few weeks before Christmas, and a mainstream musical aimed at a wider audience each spring.  For the wider Glossop community our shows form part of the local calendar, and typically 2,500 people saw our shows each year.

After closure of Victoria Hall we were grateful to be welcomed by Glossopdale Community College for our pre-Christmas pantomimes and it continues to be our venue for family-oriented stage productions in Glossop.  For our larger spring productions we now use New Mills Art Theatre which provides the experience of a true theatre for the performers and for the audience.  We have recently diversified into producing plays for small venues: our production of Frankenstein played to full houses in The Oakwood and will be taken into schools, strengthening our links with our community.

For the cast, each show is culmination of three months of workshops covering acting, singing and dancing.  All involve a mixture of training, rehearsal and hard work to build on the cast members' interest and develop it to performance standard.

Parts are usually available for principals and for chorus members (specialised dancers as well as general chorus) giving opportunities for various levels of ability, and with parts for primary school children being available in our Christmas shows. We are lucky to have a vast amount of local talent, and the cast for each show is selected by audition.

Auditions are advertised on this web site, in the local press and on the community notice boards at the entrance to the Market Hall.  Although auditions are competitive, there are no Simon Cowells on our casting committee, and auditions are held in a supportive and friendly environment.


ACT:Most Original Production Concept 2013

 Recognition of the Society's work has included:

 from National Operatic & Dramatic Association (NODA) North West Region-1 for Les Miserables School Edition (2013):

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in addition, NODA nominations were receiced for:

from Association of Community Theatre: ACT Spotlight Award for Les Miserables School Edition (2013):

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in addition ACT Spotlight nominations were received for:

The 2013 recognition followed our nomination by ACT in 2011 for Most Accomplished Pantomime for our Dick Whittington (Dir. David Chilton), and from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) which awarded Best Pantomime for our production of A Christmas Carol (Dir. Ken Redfern) and nomination for Best Musical Director for My Fair Lady (MD Simon Murray).

Our role in providing education in the arts took a step forward in 2010 when the Society became involved with Arts Award.  This nationally recognised qualification for 11 - 25 year-olds is validated by Trinity Guildhall under the leadership of the Arts Council.  To gain the award the student must undertake specified work and present evidence through an Adviser.  Glossopdale Community College generously invited us to be part of their scheme and we now have our own trained and qualified Adviser to run the Arts Award for our members.




Glossop Operatic and Dramatic Society was formed in 1976, growing from what was formerly the Glossop School PTA Choir when several choir members got together to discuss the possibility of putting on a show. A public appeal in the press led to a general gathering of interested parties, and after the usual formalities of forming a committee and consitution, it was decided to present Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado in the October of 1976.

GODS has continued for the following thirty-five years as a membership-based voluntary organisation, with the members choosing a committee and officers who run the affairs of the Society.

The committee appoints a production team for each show, comprising a Director, Choreographer and Musical Director (who interpret and develop the artistic aspects of the work), the Stage Manager (who plans and executes the staging and realisation), and the Production Manager (who acts as producer on behalf of the Society, managing human and physical resources). Members and friends of the Society provide help ranging from set construction and painting, to Front of House staff and Dressing Room attendants.

By providing the workshops of rehearsals, the involvement of non-performing members, and a great audience experience, GODS is helping to build the Glossopdale community from which it draws its strength.

updated  DPS 24/11/2013