Dukinfield Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society has, for the past seventy years or so, provided top quality entertainment for the people of Dukinfield and the surrounding areas. With either a golden oldie or a brand new release musical and plays, Dukinfield AODS could be counted on to provide a fantastic hobby for many local people.
Formed in 1946, the Society is actually a re-formation of the original Dukinfield Operatic Society from 1907 which performed many famous and popular musical comedies at various venues within the town. It disbanded in 1927 and remained defunct until a public meeting was held in November 1945 at the Town Hall for anyone interested in reviving Dukinfield’s operatic society. Many members of the original society, the Crescent Road Musical Society and the Musical Comedy Players all came together and the present Dukinfield Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society was born, presenting its first production ‘Betty’ at the Jubilee Hall, Dukinfield in October 1946.
By 1948, the society had grown to such an extent, that the Committee decided a bigger venue was required, and so the society moved a mile down the road to Ashton-under-Lyne. It played at both the Theatre Royal and the New Empire which later became the ABC, Tameside Theatre, Tameside Hippodrome and also the society’s home from 1951 – 2007.
From the early 1950s, DAODS regularly performed a musical in the Autumn at the New Empire, Ashton and a play in the Spring, back at the Jubilee Hall in Dukinfield until regular plays ceased in 1971, with a ‘one-off’ revival in 1983 at the Hippodrome.
Since the mid-1950s, large-scale, then new musical productions such as ‘Oklahoma!’ in 1955 and in 1957, ‘Carousel’ (which attracted a company of ninety), had been creeping into Dukinfield’s musical show choices and hadn’t gone un-noticed by rights-holders. The society, along with Ashton OS and playing in the New Empire, a theatre with such great facilities and boasting a capacity of 1,274 seats, began acting as a showcase ‘shop window’ for the said rights-holders periodically when ‘new releases’ became available. No expense was spared when presenting shows such as ‘Hans Andersen’, ‘42nd Street’ and ‘Copacabana’. However, on Wednesday 25th September 1968, the curtain went up at the then ABC Theatre, Ashton on the first of twelve performances of probably the most famous of all Dukinfield AODS’s ‘new releases’, Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s masterpiece, ‘My Fair Lady’. Boasting many hit numbers, including ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’, ‘On the Street Where You Live’ and, of course the rousing ‘Get Me to the Church on Time’, the show was perfect for a large operatic society.
Manchester Evening News Opera Cup
Best musical production of the season:
1970 – “The Sound of Music” 1977 – “No, No, Nanette”
Manchester Evening News Oscars
1957 – Jack Webb, for the role of Jigger Craigin in “Carousel”
1968 – Bryan Lingwood, for the role of Professor Higgins in “My Fair Lady”.
1975 – Norma M. Deane, for her work resulting in the foundation of Tameside Theatre.
The Reporter Awards Scheme:
The Charles Fletcher Rose Bowl for “Show of the year”
1980 – “Irene” (1979)
1985 – “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”
1979 – Suzanne Mather, Best leading Lady for Magnolia in “Show Boat” (1978)
1980 – Jean Ashworth, Choreographer of the year for “Irene” (1979)
Kevin C. Howarth joint winner of Producer of
the Year for “Irene” (1979)
1982 – Don Andrew, Best Leading Man for Cosmo
Constantine in “Call Me Madam” (1981) 1985 – “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers” (1984)
Kevin C. Howarth, Jean Ashworth and Michael Baron won awards respectively for Producer, Choreographer and Musical Director.
1987 – Michael Baron, Musical Director of the year for “The Quaker Girl” (1986)
1991 – Andrew White, Musical Director of the year for “Fiddler on the Roof” (1990)
Reporter Award for Services to Amateur Theatre:
N.O.D.A. North-West Region Awards
2001 – Jean Ashworth, Choreographer of the year for “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (2000)
2008 – Victoria Schofield, Best Supporting Actress for Miss Dorothy Brown in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (2007)
Lifetime Special Achievement Award:
2004 -Norma M. Deane, for her Services to Amateur Theatre in the North-West
Poster and Programme Awards:
Owen Peacock Memorial Trophy
1982 – “Call Me Madam” (1981): Commended.
Bill Lyth Trophy Best Souvenir Programme of the season:
1986 – “Hans Andersen” (1985)
1988 – “Hello, Dolly” (1987)
2007 – “Carousel” (2006)
The Poster for the 1986 production of
“The Quaker Girl” won the N.O.D.A. poster competition followed in 1994 and 1995 with a Highly Commended for “42nd Street” and “No, No, Nanette”, respectively.
The Manchester Musical Awards:
2013 – Jean Ashworth, Best Choreographer for “The Music Man” (2012)
2017 – Daniel Winters, Best Comedy Performance for Carmen Ghia in “The Producers” (2016) 2018 – Adjudicators Award: The Dancers, “A slick,
entertaining and professional performance throughout” for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (2017)
Association of Community Theatre Spotlight Awards:
2012 – David Noble, Most Original Comedy
Performance in a Musical for The Honourable Gerald Bollingbroke in
“Me and My Girl” (2011)
Anne Emmerson, Special Award; Most
1983 – Jim Kellett 1987 – George Wood
1986 – Norma M. Deane 1990 – Eric A. Dyson
Committed to Theatre:
2013 – The Society for two categories;
Most Accomplished Musical Ensemble and Most Original Group Dance Performance for “The Music Man” (2012)
2014 – The Society for two categories;
Most Original Production Concept and Most Accomplished Musical Ensemble for “Chess” (2013)
Sheila Marshall; Inducted into the ACT Hall of Fame
2015 – Scott Lees, Most Original Comedy Performance in a Musical for Jerry/Daphne in “Sugar” (2014)
2016 – Amy Turner, Most Accomplished Actress in a Musical for Judy Haynes in “White Christmas” (2015)
2017 – David Noble, Most Accomplished Actor in a Musical for Leo Bloom in “The Producers” (2016)
Paul Whitworth, Most Original Character Portrayal – Actor in a Drama for Henry Hornett in “Sailor Beware!” (2017)
2018 – Paul Allison, Most Accomplished Actor in a Musical for Laurence Jameson in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (2017)
Paula-Jayne Power, Most Original Comedy Performance – Actress in a Musical for Jolene Oaks in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (2017)
Ben Mackenzie, Most Accomplished Supporting Actor in a Musical for Freddy Benson in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”(2017)
Peter Marshall was inducted in to the Act Hall of Fame
Out of the Spotlight Awards:
2015 -Peter Duncuft and Jean Whitworth, Excellence in Character Presentation – Make-up for “Sugar” (2014)
Andrew Marshall, Most Original Artwork for “Sugar” (2014)
2016 – Judith Hilton, Secretary of the Year 2017 – Andrew Marshall & Team, Excellence in
Stage Craft, Stage Management/Crew/Props
in a Musical for “The Producers” (2016) 2018 – Andrew Marshall, Excellence in Customer
Relations – poster design for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (2017)
Sheila Marshall, Excellence in Customer Relations – Box Office for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (2017)