The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) was founded in 1899 "to protect and advance interests of Operatic and Dramatic art, and of societies engaged therein". It has a membership of some 2300 amateur societies and 2500 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 theatres to tiny village halls. Members have access to a wide range of benefits.
Noda is divided into eleven areas, each headed by an Area Councillor who sits on the National Council (the ruling body of the association), supported by a network of of regional representatives. These volunteers are the vital link to the grass roots of the association, the amateur theatre companies.