Dereham Theatre Company


Box Office now open for A Passionate Woman and Cats

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

Anyone For Breakfast

Director - Trevor Thurston

7th to 10th March 2007
at Dereham Memorial Hall.


GILBERT - John McInnes
JANE - Joan Syrett
SHIRLEY - Sally Escrader
ROGER - Doug Hartley
HELGA - Marea Smithson
MARK - Lee Johnson


Review by Ian Clarke (EDP 8th March 2007)
Take a superbly written script ready mixed with farce, irony and humour, add in six talented performers and sprinkle on the great simplicity of a single set and you've got the perfect recipe in the form of Dereham Operatic Society's spring play. Newcomer Sally Escrader (Shirley) blended in excellently with Joan Syrett (Jane), Lee Johnson (Mark), John McInnes (Gilbert), Marea Smithson (Helga) and Doug Hartley (Roger) in the hilarious production set around their various marital mishaps. The success of such a farce set in one room relies on great teamwork and impeccable timing and the opening-night performance had both in abundance. The great shame was that the Memorial Hall was only about a third full when the talent on display deserved much more. So if "same old rubbish" on the TV is leaving you feeling hungry, then I'd thoroughly recommend tucking in to some tasty live theatre."

February 2018

Diary Dates

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


2018 DOYSTCo Musical


11th - 14th April 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall



DTCo 70th Anniversary Celebration

9th June 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall



DTCo/DOSYTCo 70th Anniversary Concert

20th July - 21st July 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall


2018 Autumn Musical

The Producers

2nd - 6th October 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall