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NADOS sweep the boards at awards

by Gemma Melling

Congratulations to Newton-le-Willows Amateur Dramatic Society (NADOS) – who came home with an impressive 7 gongs at a recent awards ceremony.

NADOS swept the board at the NODA District 8 awards at the beginning of February, and will now go forward to the regional awards.

Designed to recognise the achievements of amateur theatre societies over the past 12 months, the NADOS awards are hotly contested, and judges travel around the region to watch shows and reach their decisions.

In fact, the cast and crew of NADOS picked up a staggering 22 nominations between them this year – with shortlisting coming in from their production of Matilda Jnr and their Sleeping Beauty Panto.

The winners were as follows:

  • Best supporting male character in a youth musical – Lily Jaundril (Bruce)
  • Best lead female character in a youth musical – Harry Thompson (Miss Truchball)
  • Best supporting female character in a youth musical – Grace Fisher (Miss Honey)
  • Best Director of a youth musical – Beth Dilworth (for Matilda)
  • Best Director of a pantomime – Vicky Dilworth
  • Best Musical Director of a pantomime- Barry Dilworth
  • Best Choreographer of a pantomime- Lisa Griffiths

The NADOS winners will now compete in the regional awards, which will take place in May at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

Don’t miss NADOS half term pantomime

It’s almost curtain up time for this year’s NADOS pantomime – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,which is on at St Edmund Arrowsmith High School, Rookery Avenue, Ashton in Makerfield from February 21 – 24, 2024.

NADOS present Snow White

Tickets are £12 for adults, £9 for concessions; available online now. Find out more.


NADOS have been performing Musical Theatre, Plays and Musical Revues in and around Newton-le-Willows for more than 40 years. The society prides itself on the quality of productions, many gaining prestigious awards from the National Operatic & Dramatic Association throughout the years.

They usually stage at least two shows a year, with a Pantomime in February half term and a full scale Musical at the end of August.

They’re also a very social Society, with various organised events throughout the year, such as movie nights, barbecues, quiz nights, and Halloween party.

There is also the NADOS Nippers – their youth group – which allows the children of Newton-le-Willows and the surrounding area an opportunity to showcase their talents.

Find out more about NADOS – visit their website.


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