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

Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp

Director - Jill Jarman

Musical Director - Ian Futers

Choreographer - Justine Kerry

27th Dec 2009 to 2nd January 2010
at Dereham Memorial Hall.


ALADDIN - Linda Campbell
ABANAZER - John McInnes
PING - Peter Havis
PONG - Kevin Reeve
EMPEROR - Colin Harris
GENIE - Alan Syder
SLAVE - Joanne Doughty
NARRATOR - Joan Hocking


Helen Bailey, Chloe Brown, Jackie Buckingham, Heather Neave, Joan Hocking, Judith Oulare


Rachael Bird, Ellie Buckingham, Joanne Doughty, Laura Pirret, Bryony Rowe

Review - Dereham Times 31 Jan 2010:
"Pure genie-us with this traditional panto feast Aladdin
JUST like Christmas lights, plum pudding and mulled wine, no traditional Christmas celebration is complete without the seasonal family pantomime, and you know you are always in safe hands with the annual feast of entertainment from Dereham Operatic Society.
This year the society must feel a tinge of both sadness and anticipation as it performs Aladdin in its regular home the Memorial Hall, which shortly closes both its doors and curtains for refurbishment.
However, to mark the occasion in style, the society, under the able direction of producer Jill Jarman, has delivered a surefire winner of a show.
With upbeat songs, an energetic cast and all the classic elements of panto tradition, the audience can climb aboard the magic carpet and join Aladdin in his adventure to win the hand of the fair princess.
Linda Campbell takes the title role of Aladdin, and is all that a principal boy should be, with great stage presence, vocal talent and poise.
Playing opposite is Kate Syrett in her first main role, as Princess So-Shi, giving a lovely performance of a feisty princess, quite able to stand up to her impoverished father the Emperor, Colin Harris, who gives a polished and amusing performance.
Villain of the piece is wicked magician Abanazer, played with great aplomb, a huge voice (rather in the manner of Brian Blessed) and some lovely comic asides, by John McInnes, who has the audience boo-ing with enthusiasm.
More magic of a kinder nature is supplied by two genies, the exotic and ethereal Slave of the Ring, played beautifully by Joanne Doughty, and a novel interpretation of the Genie of the Lamp, by Alan Syder, who delivers a very entertaining "Elvis inspired" performance.
Slapstick, audience participation and jokes abound courtesy of Aladdin’s mum, Widow Twankey, played by Nick Bird, who not only deserves praise for a fabulous and energetic performance, winning the audience with slick comic timing and a seemingly endless wardrobe, but also because he had to step into the Dame’s shoes and learn the entire role at just three days notice, due to illness.
The Dame is ably assisted by Wishee Washee, engagingly played by Emma Gall, who has some great visual comedy and strikes up a good rapport with the younger audience members, and two perfectly matched Chinese Policemen, Ping and Pong, Peter Havis and Kevin Reeve, working well together as the hapless duo.
Throw in a troupe of lovely dancers, beautifully choreographed by Justine Kerry, a variety of songs under the baton of Ian Futers, a well-drilled and busy chorus, atmospheric and moodenhancing light and sound effects, and you have the recipe for a perfect end to the Christmas and New Year festivities."

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