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 Operatic Society - Old Time Music Hall 2011

Old Time Music Hall

Compiled & Directed by - Colin & Colleen Harris

Musical Director - Dougal Smith

With Peter Motram as the Chairman

Friday 16th and Saturday 17th September 2011
at Aldiss Park Football Club
(The show was repeated, largely in the same format, on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th June 2012 at Dereham Memorial Hall as part of the 2012 Dereham Community Festival)


Jayne Andrew
Nick Bird
Charlotte Buckingham
Amy Evans
Colin Harris
Colleen Harris
Peter Havis
Julie Hewitt
Nick King
Jane Mack
Peter Motram
Jude Oulare
David Rees
Kevin Reeve
Martyn Rolfe
Mark Wells


The following pictures are a selection from our pre-show publicity shots:


NODA Review
Report by Terry Rymer, Regional Rep NODA East District 6.
"Over the past year and a half, DOS have been an itinerant society seeking suitable venues where and when they are available, whilst their home at the Memorial Hall is totally refurbished. So here we were at the home of Dereham F.C., and very suitable it was: an intimate low ceiling club room with bar but no stage. Audience seated at tables and therefore able to enjoy a drink as the evening progressed. Only 2 sets of floods as lighting, and, of course, no curtains, wings, very little scenery and props, and certainly no microphones. This was not an extravagant setting! Also missing was the usual programme of Acts and Songs and Performers. We did have a nicely produced Song Sheet and some of the chorus songs for our delectation if so desired. So what can we expect from the evening: maybe ‘not a lot’? But we could not be more wrong! From the list of aliases, no doubt known to the locals, emerged one of the best set of variety numbers and sketches you could hope for, with costumes to grace the most extravagant of musicals.
From the outset, a welcome from Chairman Mr Archibald Askam, who used his loquacious verbosity to introduce our Musical Director, Mr Justin Time, (even his keyboard was cleverly transformed into a honky tonk piano). These two were a vital ingredient to the success of the evening as with eloquent eloquence the Chairman introduced the ‘Cor Blimey’ medley of songs followed by Mr Claude Cant with the ‘Marrow Song’, with audience prompts up his jumper, inside his waistcoat, and under his apron – a nice touch! Miss Isla White gave us ‘Mary is a Grand Old Name’ with Miss Polly Esta on saxophone. Mr Curtis E Carr gave us a retail tour to ‘The Other Department Please’ (sold out). A serious and dramatic accapella rendition of ‘Damn His Eyes’ from Percival Pratt (what a finish) was followed by Dolores Annis and Bob Down with ‘On Top of the Tram Car’. Daisy Does was ever hopeful as she looked ‘Under the Bed – No Man There Yet’, heartfelt emotion! A bumpy journey from Kittie Lytta as she took a ‘taxi ride around town’ for 8d a mile: she’d been round the park a few times! A hilarious day at the races was enjoyed by Ron De Voes, Piers Cromer, and Curtis E Carr with some lovely timing in ‘Do Dah Do Dah Day’! Shirley Knott gave us a sexy stroll along the promenade with a ‘Little Bit, Not Too Much Of It’! The first half ended with Bob Down sharing his winkles, Claude Cant playing with his seaweed, and Daisy Does leaving us in stitches as she fiddled with her deckchair, beside the seaside. Phew! Time for a drink.
Second half and more superb entertainment as Miss Lucy Lastic, complete with fishnets, led the ensemble in WW1 songs, then Mr Drew Peacock with a super rendition on ‘The Sunshine Of Your Smile’ and more Lucy Lastic in ‘I’ll Make A Man Of You’…, but Miss Kittie Lytta was left ‘waiting at the church’ – can’t think why! No Musical Hall is complete without a melodrama and ‘The Wanderer’s Return’ was a pot pourri of humour and OTT acting with a laugh a line as seven of our ‘ghastly actors’ did their damndest to upstage each other, but Miss Polly Esta took the Oscar for the ubiquitous line ‘and seven long winters’ perfectly timed on each occasion, despite efforts from Jasper’s mobile slug of a moustache. Miss Lucy Lastic as Tom is a ‘panto must’ as her thigh slaps made, even me, wince…! There was more, much more. Percival Pratt as ‘Hennery the Eighth’, Shirley Knott wishing ‘If The Wind Had Only Blown The Other Way’, and Miss Polly Esta singing ‘No No Antonio’, but we all knew she did not mean it. Bring on the seven men plus one as the St Withburga Country Dance Team with a touch of the Two Ronnies, giving us some rib tickling, stick breaking, balloon bursting Morris-style dancing and song! Mr Claude Cant recounted the story of ‘The Great Big Saw’ with great relish and just a little edge, but Miss Daisy Does said she didn’t to ‘Oh Mister Porter’ but yes she did! The finale was another medley and we finished ‘Down At The Old Bull And Bush’,,,(Bush Bush).
This talented team of players were in a league of their own, and certainly had the Chairman’s backing as his technique was immaculate in linking the programme together and the kit (costumes!) were certainly extravagant and authentic. The crowd were also on side and played their part. They deserve promotion this year when they return to their home ground! (All football analogies entirely intentional!) This was a real treat of a night out from this talented team and we look forward to the rest of the season. Well played…!"

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