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 - Mack & Mabel 2008

Mack & Mabel

Director - Trevor Thurston

Musical Director - Matt Brown

Choreographer - Kelly Woods

11th to 18th October 2008
at Dereham Memorial Hall.


MACK SENNET - David Rees
MABEL NORMAND - Tracey Gwynne
LOTTIE AMES - Linda Campbell
FRANK - Nick Bird
FATTY - Martyn Rolfe
BAUMAN - Colin Harris
KESSEL - Kevin Reeve
ELLA - Colleen Harris


Barry Thorley, Lucy Chandler, Nick King, Heather Neave, Jackie Buckingham, Jenny Medlock, Helen Bailey, Chloe Bailey, Skye Robinson, Arthur Tribe


Sarah Browne. Julie Hewitt, Jeanie Woods, Eleanor Buckingham, Katie Woodhouse, Annie McCourt, Pat Tabor


Review by Ian Clarke (Dereham Times)
"Life may begin at 40. Well, it is certainly thriving at 60 for Dereham Operatic Society.
Forget the idea of taking things easy and settling for a comfortable existence when reaching a diamond anniversary.
DOS has used the landmark date to prove it is more determined than ever to strive for excellence - and mix vibrant new talent to a team of long-serving performers who continue to turn on the style.
Mack and Mabel - a fast-moving romantic and comedy musical set in the golden age of the silver screen - is technically a very tough show but the gala night audience was given a real 60th birthday treat.
Tracey Gwynne - who joined DOS to make new friends after moving to Mid Norfolk - made a dazzling debut as leading lady Mabel Normand. She wowed the crowd with her fabulous voice and blended in to the group as if she had been with them for years.
New was also the watchword for Trevor Thurston, who directed his first musical for DOS, and for ex-army bandmaster Matt Brown, who was musical director for the first time, and for Kelly Woods, who took the great choreography skills she has developed through the youth company into the adult group.
All three deserve huge credit for their part in such a great show.
The emergence of youth company members such as Annie McCourt, Eleanor Buckingham and Chloe Bailey into the musical also shows the society has a rosy future ahead.
While Tracey trod the boards with DOS for the first time, leading man David Rees (silent movie director Mack Sennett) is in his 26th year with the company but his voice and stage presence are as impressive as ever.
Linda Campbell (Lottie Ames), Martyn Rolfe (Fatty Arbuckle) and Colin and Colleen Harris (Bauman and Ella) are among the other members who have many years of entertaining Dereham crowds behind them and still obviously love to perform.
The one disappointing aspect is the ticket sales for the week.
Yes, money is tight. But there is nothing better to lift the financial doom and gloom than enjoying well-loved music, specially-made film clips cleverly blended into the production and some comedy slapstick moments featuring the Keystone Cops and custard pie fights."

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