About us

Where It All Began

LAOS first started performing in Loughborough in 1895, officially registering with NODA in 1899 for our production of Agatha. This took place in the local church hall where carriages were available to take you home from 10:15pm sharp! Over the following decades LAOS performed in a number of venues across the town and under a variety of names, finally settling on Loughborough Amateur Operatic Society in 1939.

Our 1914 show of King Hal was particularly popular. It had a cast of 60 Adults and tickets cost between 6 Pence and 3 Shillings. That’s approximately 21/2 to 15p today! Unfortunately, due to inflation, that had to change, but one thing that hasn’t changed is out tradition of “Keeping it in the Family”. In King Hal there were 7 sets of sisters, mothers and daughters!

Thanks To Our Friends & Supporters

Mr J Bryson
Ms D Bush
Mr & Mrs S Clarke
Mrs A Clarke
Mrs M Cockburn
S Colledge
Mr J Davidson-LTF
Mr G R Dew
Mr & Mrs A Greasley
Mrs K Henson

Dr A Johnson
Mr D Knowles DL
Mr K Locke
Mr J Makin
Mrs S Makwana
Mr & Mrs C&J Malpas
Dr B Marsh
Miss K Marsh
Mrs D Matthews
Mr & Mrs C A McLoughlin
Miss J Y Rushton

Mrs M Speight
Mr & Mrs A&M Speight
Mrs M Towers
Mr A Wainman
Mr D Waldren
Mrs J Ward
Mrs K Wood

We would like to extend our warmest thanks to our friends, whose generous donations help allow us to continue doing what we love: entertaining!

For a minimum donation of £10 per year our friends receive a free programme for each show that year, an invitation to attend a pre-show rehearsal, assistance in purchasing our priority tickets and most of all our sincere thanks!

If you are interested in becoming a ‘LAOS Friend’ then please call us free on: 0800 44 88 279 or drop us an email.

 

NODA

LAOS is affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association.

Patron: Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber
President: Mr John Barnes
East Midlands Area Councillor: Miss Nanette Lovell

NODA was established in 1899 for the express purpose of bringing together amateur dramatic societies for their mutual assistance and combined benefit. Membership has great benefits as NODA helps societies to locate anything from Stand-In Principals, unusual props, any elusive piece of music to a technical item necessary for a successful production.

The association runs summer schools with professional tutors for performers, directors, choreographers and technical staff as well as a national conference and two area conferences providing opportunities for members to meet and discuss matters of common interest.