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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!

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Dereham Theatre Company - MeAndMyGirl

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Me And My Girl

Director - Chrissie Robertson

Musical Director - Malcolm Crane

Choreographer - Carole Beatty

 
14th to 19th October 2013
at Dereham Memorial Hall
 
 


 
CAST

BILL SNIBSON - Nick Bird
SALLY SMITH - Katie Woodhouse
MARIA DUCHESS OF DENE - Pat Tabor
SIR JOHN TREMAYNE - Tony Wilds
LADY JAQUELINE CARSTONE - Caroline Caldecott
THE HON GERALD BOLINGBROKE - Gareth Evans
LADY BATTERSBY - Heather Neave
LORD BATTERSBY - Haydn Rogers
SIR JASPER TRING - Nick King
PARCHESTER - Mark Wells
CHARLES (BUTLER) - Kirk Wills
MRS BROWN - Lavinia Pirret
MRS WORTHINGTON-WORTHINGTON - Laura Ainsworth
COOK - Ruth Hannent
BOB BARKING - Elliot Hunter
TELEGRAPH BOY - Joseph Reed
LADY BRIGHTON - Helen Bailey
MRS STAINSLEY-ASHERTON - Ruth Hannent
PEARLY KING - Dave Filer
PEARLY QUEEN - Lavinia Pirret
BARMAN/CONSTABLE - Doug Bailey

GUESTS, SERVANTS, COCKNEYS & ANCESTORS

 

Laura Ainsworth, Helen Bailey, Doug Bailey, Karen Barnes, Dawn Boyd, Ruth Hannent, Elliot Hunter, Isabella Jeffries, Joshua Lee, Heather Neave, Charlotte Nunn, Joseph Reed, Dave Filer, John McInness

 

DANCERS

Chloe Bailey, Lizzie Crane, Brodie Elgood, Amy Evans, Emma Hammond, Bryony Rowe, Jacqui Shar


Production Photos by Michael Lyons Photography
 

 

Publicity Photos by Tony Wilds:


Review by Richard Tree, Dereham Times, Thursday 17 October 2013
 
"This production had some very strong and well-cast principals and I was grinning with pleasure as soon as Gerald, the upper-class twerp came on stage. Gareth Evans revelled in this role playing a delightful mix of Norman Wisdom and Lee Evans. He kept in character even when not actually speaking! Caroline Caldecott played the man-hungry vamp Lady Jaqueline with much relish too.

There was no doubt that the pace picked up when Bill Snibson played with consummate ease by the vastly experienced Nick Bird, blazed onto the stage. He played it all for laughs and this, I felt, lead to rather too much innuendo at times.

Katie Woodhouse as Sally Smith was a delight to watch and listen to. Her solo was very poignant indeed and I adored her charcterisation. She has much experience and it showed.

The chorus of servants had wonderful harmonies in the big kitchen scene. I fully understand the need to have a full compliment of below stairs servants but it was very noticeable that Lady Battersby had joined them to sweep the floor!

Lambeth Walk was a joy to be part of and literally, as the cast came out into the hall to join us.

Act Two had much more pace, the cast seemed to have found their feet, and I loved all of it, starting with The Sun Has Got His Hat On.

Highlights for me were the Men of Hareford scene leading into the hilarious drunken antics between Bill and Sir John and dear Parchester.

Full marks to an excellent orchestra under the baton of Malcolm Crane."
 


Review by Stephen P E Hayter, NODA Regional Representative Area 4 North
"It is never anything less than an absolute pleasure to deputise for good friend Sue Dupont, and to be asked to cast an eye over another Dereham musical is always a joy. This time it was the crowd pleaser Me And My Girl, and since I hadn’t seen this title for about eight years I was more than a little excited as I entered the stunning Dereham Memorial Hall.
It was not absolutely obvious from the program notes but this looked to be a Directorial Debut with this company for Chrissie Robertson which only added to my anticipation. Since the show was re vamped and re written (Stephen Fry take a bow) it ran from 1985 to 1993 at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End and has toured professionally one many occasions before establishing itself as a staple of amateur perfomances up and down the country. The story is not overly complicated with Lambeth boy Bill Snibson suddenly finding that he has become the new Earl of Hareford. We see him wrestle with family obligation whilst trying to reconcile his new status and wealth with his working class friends including long-time girlfriend Sally, who struggles to fit in. There’s a little intrigue and some nice romantic sub plots but it’s mostly singing, dancing and comedy all the way to a delightfully happy ending.
As you would expect with this company at this venue the costumes were outstanding (Dereham Theatre Costumes) with scenery (Scenic Projects) and props (Fiona Faulds and Kirk Wills) to match. Lighting was completely appropriate and apart from a couple of unidentifiable loud thuds the sound was well balanced with all radio mics behaving, although at one point Maria Duchess Of Dene struggled against the orchestra and I couldn’t tell if there was an issue, or it as that she had no microphone.
The chorus were enthusiastic and extremely focused and wherever you looked they seemed totally in character. Of the supporting cast there were good perfomances throughout with Doug Baily popping up in several roles most noticeably as a very articulate policeman. Lavinia Pirret was superb in a wonderful cameo as Mrs Brown who’s enthusiastic front step scrubbing was a highlight ! The part of Butler Charles involves only a small amount of dialogue but in this role Kirk Wills gave a compelling and enormously accomplished performance proving once again that there are no small parts, only small performances. Mark Wells also turned in a nice piece of work as family solicitor Parchester and as Sir Jasper Tring Nick King made me laugh out loud more than once. Haydn Rogers and Heather Neave were omnipresent as Lord and Lady Battersby filling the set nicely when required.
Of the leads there was an excellent comedy characterisation from Gareth Evans as Usurped upper class twit The Hon Gerald Bollingbroke and some very provocative posturing from Caroline Caldecott as his love interest Lady Jacqueline Carstone as she pursued the hero around the set on more than one occasion.
Nick Bird is a mighty talent and as Bill Snibson he didn’t put a foot wrong maximising the wonderful comedy set pieces and milking every laugh from each one. As working class love interest Sally Smith, Katie Woodhouse was sublime with an endearing characterisation and a crystal clear singing voice that silenced the whole audience to such an extent I could hear my watch ticking.
I have saved the penultimate paragraph for Pat Tabor as Maria Duchess of Dene and Tony Wilds as Sir John Tremayne who’s combined presence underpinned the whole production. As the dragon matriarch Pat Tabor gave a stunning performance and a characterisation that showed strength and resolve and some textbook technical acting. There was no call for comedy but when she came on wearing the recently thrown off bowler, I laughed rather more robustly than I had intended. She was sure footed with the words and moved around the stage as if it was indeed her ancestral home. It would have been the take home perfomance of the night were it not for a professional standard piece of work from Tony Wilds. It would need another side of A4 to list his accomplishments in this production but to précis, he delivered the best comedy drunk I have ever seen, amateur or professional and I laughed until I cried. I was glued to his every move and those moves were breath-taking.
Criticisms were few, The ages of the leads were higher than you might have expected but they cast older people in many of the other roles, so it wasn’t a massive problem. My main observation was that perhaps it leaned just a little bit towards pantomime on a couple of occasions and the hammy bits although not obtrusive, were not (In my opinion) the best bits, but again, no permanent harm done as I still managed to cry like a schoolgirl at the ending. Congratulations to Director Chrissie Robertson for a very tidy piece of direction and to Musical Director Malcolm Crane who led a ten piece orchestra that were worth the ticket price alone and featured the hardest working drummer / percussionist I have ever seen !
Another top notch presentation and another box office winner."
 

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