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About us

The County Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society

CAODS’ main purpose is to provide an opportunity for members to participate in at least one annual, full-scale musical production… a vehicle by which they can exercise their hobby.
In 2024, CAODS achieved charitable status, giving us more scope to bring musical theatre opportunities to Lincoln and the surrounding areas.  Click here to read our constitution.
The casts of our shows include enthusiastic amateurs, as well as creative and technical professionals who are employed to assist in the production of a show when necessary. We may be an amateur group, but we ensure that professional production standards are met.

CAODS is fortunate to perform each year at the beautiful New Theatre Royal in Lincoln. We are admirably supported there by Artistic Director Natalie Hayes-Cowley and her skilled and

hard-working team.

We like to support local charities and our members perform at concerts throughout the year, such as the Lincoln Christmas Light Switch-on and one-off variety shows, where donations are collected.

CAODS is immensely grateful for the support provided by our ticket-buying audiences. We look forward to continuing to provide quality musical theatre productions for many more years to come.

Caods board



Eira Hammond



Kate Fenn


Mark Morley



Linda Hawbrook


Pete Hawbrook

Peter Merrick

David Bussey

Martyn Housley-Smith

Emily Novell

Daniel Hammond

Cally Stallard


Emma Boreham

Jo Crowther

Christine Daniels

Wendy Thompson

Lizzy Lowe

Jo Lloyd

CAODS’ trustees and committee are made up of local volunteers elected at the AGM. These volunteers work to ensure that high quality theatrical works continue to be brought to the people of Lincolnshire.

Each trustee and committee member has their own responsibilities, including, but not limited to, looking after the current members; actively seeking new members to join the society; website and publicity; ensuring the safety and care of our cast (in particular the children) and maintaining our relationship with the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA). Our members work together to ensure the success of CAODS’ musical theatre productions. At each CAODS’ AGM there is an opportunity for new members to apply to join our trustees or committee. It is good practice for new members to join the board, as they can bring a different perspective and new experience to CAODS.

Eira Hammond, Chair of CAODS Lincoln says, “I would encourage anyone with a passion for the theatre and the arts to seriously consider applying to join the CAODS’ committee at the next AGM. In the meantime, contact  to get involved in making a real difference to our local community, ensuring individuals have the opportunity to study and perform incredible dramatic works and encouraging the support of the public.”



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