Dereham Theatre Company
 

 

Box Office now open for Beauty and the Beast, A Passionate Woman and the 70th Anniversary Celebration now available

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

Local Affairs

Director - Trevor Thurston

 
March 2005
at Dereham Memorial Hall
 
 


 
CAST

NORMA - Patricia Goodwins
CHARLES - Ian Sandell
HILARY - Vanessa DuPon
DAVID - Tom Monument
MRS HINSON - Jill Jarman
SUSAN - Lavinia Pirret
KEITH - Gareth Evans
PETER - Doug Hartley
KATY - Julie Hewitt



Review by Ed Nash
 
"DEREHAM Operatic Society's latest production certainly wasn't afraid of dealing with weighty issues - tackling everything from health farms to mothers-in-law, by way of motorcycle maintenance, fancy dress parties and domestic chores. The farcical action revolved around a day in the life of three couples who have recently moved to a housing estate, but have yet to meet their neighbours. And, although some of the actors were a bit rusty with their lines on the first night, the well-timed delivery of Richard Harris's script earned them regular peals of laughter. Rarely a minute passed without an innuendo of one sort or another, with members of the cast either rushing back and forth between ever more absurd costume changes or lounging in bed. Doctor on top in farcical affairs. An innovative stage design, showing the insides of three rooms in three houses at once allowed the quick-fire action to jump between locations as characters peered out of windows or stormed across the street. But, although these situations were funny enough in themselves, the real butt of the jokes was middle-class society, and all the characters were instantly recognisable. There was Lavina Pirret's weight-conscious mother, Tom Monument's neurotic divorcee, or Jill Jarman's meddling mother-in-law. But top of this chaotic heap was undoubtedly lan Sandell's admirably eccentric Dr Charles Prentice, a borderline alcoholic with an irritable disposition who forces us to ask ourselves once again: "Why do we trust our GPs?"."
 

December 2017


Diary Dates


 
Beauty and the Beast
27th December 2017 - 1st January 2018
Dereham Memorial Hall
 

 
A Passionate Woman
8th - 10th March 2018
Dereham Memorial Hall
 

 

2018 DOYSTCo Musical

Cats

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