Dereham Theatre Company


Tickets now on sale for DOSYTCo's Concert

"Everybody's Talking About DOSYTCo" 


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
All queries should be directed
through our Facebook Page 
Dereham Theatre Company

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Director - Trevor Thurston


7th to 9th March 2019
at Dereham Memorial Hall


GLADYS PUGH - Karen Bates
TED BOVIS - Andy Lofthouse
SPIKE DIXON - Lee Chapman
FRED QUILLY - Gary Davison
MR. PARTRIDGE - Tony Wilds
SYLVIA GARNSEY - Lauren Baston
BETTY WHISTLER - Holly Edwards
GARY BOLTON - Shannon Kingston-Miles
HILARY BOVIS - Ruth Hannent
BAILIFF - Steve Hitchman
MR. PRITCHARD - Mark Wells

NODA Review
"How lucky can you get? Audition time for an iconic show from yesteryear (some of us remember it first time round!). Indeed many have had the experience provided by those halcyon days at Butlins…(other holiday camps were available, only the coats were changed!).
 As the auditionees displayed their talents, it must have been uncanny for the astute Director to perceive that he had a near perfect combination of styles and personalities to fit the necessary characterisation of some very disparate roles. This group of actors could easily be superimposed onto the screen of the original show!
 This type of show runs a tightrope for a director who has to satisfy the purists and also convince a new and perhaps younger audience…Ok the scripts are funny but can so easily become dated and even dull. Here we had a laugh a minute provided by actors who must have researched their roles and, where required, practised the necessary accents and affectations!
 Take a bow Gladys Pugh (Karen Bates), her of the lilting Welsh accent and joyously ‘happy’ persona, brilliantly played, with a not so hidden crush on the unlikely, archaeology graduate, Camp Manager, Jeffrey Fairbrother (Paul Woodhouse), whose lack of decision making, and cringing self doubts, was a joy to observe.
 From my own memory Camp Chalet Maid Peggy Ollerenshaw (Marea Smithson) was the one who often stole the show, and here we had the emotional pull of unfulfilled ambition so nearly, but never, achieved! Hers was a tour de force performance and pulled the heartstrings of the whole audience!
 The more difficult role of Camp Comedian Ted Bovis (Andy Lofthouse) was perhaps the most difficult, but with his ‘loud’ check suit and a scam for every occasion he filled the large size boots of Paul Shane with style, even if his money grabbing wife Hilary (Ruth Hannent) did not agree. His mentoring of Spike Dixon (Lee Chapman) left a little to be desired, but in return Spike was able to rise above the ‘put downs’, and show at least that he had a spark of intelligence, as he tried almost too hard to gain approval from his mentor!
 Don’t put your money on any nag ridden by ex Jockey Fred Quilly (Gary Davidson), his best rides were behind him, and even the Camps Donkey Derby was a chore! But in the ‘grumpy old man’ stakes you could safely put your money on failed actor Mr Partridge (Tony Wilds), now reduced to his unseen role as Camp Punch and Judy Man, with a grumble for every occasion, and then more!
 We had ‘Strictly’ cast offs, or perhaps it was ‘Come dancing’ in those days, the immaculate ‘ posh couple, Yvonne-Stuart Hargreaves (Val Lofthouse) and Husband Barry Stuart-Hargraves (Charlie Collins) always delivering withering and aloof comments as they saw themselves as the Stars of the Camp Show, even if no one else did!.
 All these were well supported by other yellow coats vying for the coveted ‘Yellow Coat of The Season’, not sure the voting worked, but they certainly worked at it! Well done to Sylvia, Betty, Tracey and Gerry ( Lauren Baston, Holly Edwards, Kara Field, Shannon Kingston-Miles).
 Dawn Freshwater (Debbie Clarke) and Mr Pritchard/Announcer (Mark Wells) plus a well delivered debut to the stage from Bailiff (Steve Hitchman) made this team the complete deal… A large dose of nostalgia and good old fashioned, if a tad non PC, humour, gave us a great evenings entertainment. So Hi-Di-Hi delivered a show full of Ho-DI- Ho! Well done.

May 2019

Diary Dates



Everybody's Talking About DOSYTCo
12th - 13th July 2019
Dereham Memorial Hall


2019 AGM

71st Annual General Meeting
29th April 2019
The Studio


2019 Autumn Musical

1st - 5th October 2019
Dereham Memorial Hall


Christmas Pantomime

27th Dec 2019- 1st Jan 2020
Dereham Memorial Hall