Dereham Theatre Company
 

 

Box Office now open for Fusion and Priscilla Queen of the Desert!

Telephone 01362 288 124

Bright & Beautiful Flowers
3A Wellington Road, Dereham
NR19 2BP
 
 

Dereham Memorial Hall, where most of our productions are performed

Dereham Theatre Company (formerly Dereham Operatic Society) is a charitable Trust and was formed in 1948 to offer the local community education and enlightenment in amateur dramatic arts. A very grand way of saying that we were formed to entertain the people of Dereham and Norfolk!

Our Shakespearian motto "Mere folk who give distraction are we" comes from Cole Porter's musical "Kiss Me Kate", which we first performed in 1970, and is based upon one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays "The Taming of the Shrew".

We stage three productions a year (not including the productions of our youth group) including a major musical in the autumn, a pantomime over the Christmas period and a play in the spring.  There is something for everyone!

If you are looking to join one of the premier operatic and dramatic societies in Norfolk as either a performer (we actively encourage all whatever your ability or experience, whether you are a singer, an actor, dancer, or just enjoy being on stage), backstage helper, front of house staff or just looking to purchase some tickets for our next show ........ you need look no further; Welcome to our website.

Quick Contacts

 

Rehearsal Studio
The Studio
Rear of Dereham Memorial Hall
62 Norwich Street
East Dereham
Norfolk, NR19 1AD
 
 
 
chairman at dosoc dot co dot uk
 
treasurer at dosoc dot co dot uk
 
website at dosoc dot co dot uk
Dereham Operatic Society

Ali Baba & The Forty Thieves

Director - Jill Jarman

Musical Director - Ian Futers

Choreographer - Rebecca Crossley

 
31st December 2005 to 6th January 2006
at Dereham Memorial Hall
 
 


 
CAST

ALI BABA - Linda Campbell
FATIMA FANDANGO - Tony Wilds
MARJANA - Jodie Quirke
MUSTAFA SCREWLOOSE - Nick Bird
CROWN PRINCE HAROUN - Joan Syrett
PRINCESS JASMINE - Laura Jude
ASBAD - Gareth Evans
BASHIM - Nick King
GRABBIT - Clive Monk
ALSATIA - Ruth Hannent
CATRINA - Joanne Madden
SCHEHERAZADE - Jessica Stocking
THE SULTAN - John Stocking
THE GRAND VIZIER - John McInnes

CITIZENS / ROYAL ATTENDANTS IN OLD BAGHDAD / SPIRITS OF THE CAVE

Chloe Bailey, Jackie Buckingham, Matthew Buckingham, Thomas Monument, Joyce Neale, Heather Neave, Chloe Pearce, Karolina White

DANCERS/CHORUS

Racheal Bird, Paige Brown, Charly Buckingham, Aleisje Coxon, Amy Cuenca, Natalia Fletcher, Ashley Cashfield, Nichola McErleane, Stuart McKinnell



Review by Ian Clarke (EDP Monday, January 2, 2006)
 
"ALI BABA & THE FORTY THIEVES
With so many forms of entertainment fighting for our attendtion, it is heart-warming that a tranditional slapstick panto can still pack in the crowds during the busy festive season. The creators, cast and behind-the-scenes team deserved every ounce of praise heaped on them by the enthusiastic first-day audience. And I've no doubt this was the best I've every seen. The 2 1/2 hour show was packed with energy, sparkle, smiles, beautifully choreographed dancing, great singalongs, audience participation, some magical special effects and, of course, bucketloads of awful jokes and puns. Director Jill jarman perfectly blended performers with many years of experience with a terrific injection of youth which must have created the youngest ever average age of the cast. Jodie Quirke (Marjarna), 13, Laura Jude (Princess Jasmine), 14, and Jessica Stocking (Scheherazade), 15, oozed confidence, talent and stage presence which belied their ages. tony Wilds (Dame Fatima Fandango) and Nick Bird (his sidekick Mustafa Screwloose) were treading the boards for years before younger members of the audience were ever born but were better than ever. And the show's two principal boys - Linda Campbell (Ali Baba) and Joan Syrett (Princes Haroun) - had great chemistry. Gareth Evans (Asbad) must also get a mention for an amazing alliteration which has to be seen to be believed."
 

June 2017


Diary Dates


 
Fusion
14th - 15th July 2017
Dereham Memorial Hall
 

 
Priscilla: Queen of the Desert
3rd - 7th October 2017
Dereham Memorial Hall
 

 
Beauty and the Beast
27th December 2017 - 1st January 2018
Dereham Memorial Hall
 

 
A Passionate Woman
8th - 10th March 2018
Dereham Memorial Hall